Formula 1 has pledged to address the global climate crisis by achieving carbon neutrality within 11 years.
It will adopt policies to make all grands prix fully sustainable by 2025. These are tough targets for a sport that produces 256,000 tons of CO2 per season.
F1 will help cancel out its carbon footprint by developing synthetic fuel and making travel and logistics as efficient as possible.
Factories and facilities will be powered by renewable energy with single use plastics eliminated.
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was recently criticised for the perceived hypocrisy of voiced environmental concerns while actively involved in F1.
Hamilton has sold his own private jet, banned the use of plastic in his own office and is vegan.
The results of a consultation between F1 owners Liberty Media, the FIA, teams, promoters and sustainability experts have been revealed. In 2021, 10% use of biofuel will become mandatory and, along with improved engine efficiency and the development of synthetic fuel using carbon capture, it is believed the targets are attainable.
Air travel has the biggest impact on the CO2 levels, with 45% coming from air, sea and road transport involving F1 logistics.
A further 27.7% is produced transporting the sport’s personnel.
Emissions from the ten teams running two cars each across the season, comes in at a relatively miniscule 0.7% of the total.
On the plus side, the hybrid power units boast an amazing thermal efficiency of 50%, versus 30% for the average road car. Impressive numbers. Which many believe are not trumpeted loudly enough.