FIA commits to becoming carbon neutral from 2021 and net zero by 2030

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The FIA has approved an ambitious environmental strategy plan for the next 10 years. The sport first intends to become carbon-neutral in 2021 before becoming net zero by 2030.

The Paris-based governing body intends to reduce the environmental impact of motor sport and mobility by setting clear goals to accelerate this progress.

The ambitious target for Formula One to become net zero is aligned with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C. The goal of this agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. One of the most significant steps to achieving this goal has been the research, development, and production by the FIA’s Technical Department of a 100 % sustainable fuel.

The 100 % sustainable fuel is made from bio waste and developed to stringent F1 specifications. The first barrels have been delivered to Power Unit Manufacturers who can now test and validate the 100% sustainable fuel that is a second-generation biofuel variety.

The FIA also confirmed that, from 2021, other FIA championships, such as the European Truck Racing Championship, will also be able to use sustainable fuel.

Jean Todt, FIA President, said: “FIA takes its responsibility in leading motor sport and mobility into a low carbon future to reduce the environmental impacts of our activities and contribute to a greener planet. I’m glad that our Members Clubs approve our environmental strategy that is part of the Purpose Driven initiative focused on the societal contribution of our two pillars.

„By developing sustainable fuel made from bio waste that can power Formula 1, we are taking a new step forward. With the support of the world’s leading energy companies, we can combine the best technological and environmental performance.”

Reflecting on the objectives, Ross Brawn, Managing Director Motor Sports, Formula 1, said: “Formula 1 has long served as platform for introducing next generation advancements in the automotive world. We are delighted by the momentum on sustainable fuels which perfectly aligns with our plan to be net zero carbon as a sport by 2030.

„Our top sustainability priority now is building a roadmap for the hybrid engine that reduces emissions and has a real world benefit for road cars. We believe we have the opportunity to do that with a next generation engine that combines hybrid technology with sustainable fuels,” Brawn said.