Formula 1 has been trying to move towards a more environmentally friendly future and aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The motorsport is considering many aspects that need to change. One of which is the development of a 100% sustainable fuel, which according to the official Formula One website, they are on track to develop for the 2026 season. The fuel will be a drop-in fuel and will be trialed in Formula 2 and 3.
Pat Symonds, F1’s Chief Technical Officer, is leading the team working on the sustainable fuel. He has explained:
“It’s been a fascinating challenge. At the time I was first talking to people about this, no one knew what I was talking about, and to be honest I’m not sure I did really, so I’ve done an awful lot of research into it.
“We’ve worked closely with the FIA, who have got a couple of very good fuels specialists and we’ve had a lot of help from our partner ARAMCO.”
Another area the sport is looking at is the amount of travel involved. The plan is to arrange the F1 calendar in a way that reduces the travelling for the teams, drivers, and fans so to plan the races in an order that makes more geographical sense. They are also cutting out the use of single-use plastics.
F1 set the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 back in 2019 and have since been working hard to make their way to this target. The carbon footprint has already been reduced through remote broadcast operations which has in turn reduced freight. On top of this, they have redesigned the freight containers so they can be transported by more efficient aircraft.
The FIA have awarded the F1 with its highest sustainability management accreditation (3 stars) with the F1 offices now only using 100% renewable energy.
At the start of the 2022 season, we saw the introduction of the E10 fuel which has 10% ethanol to lower CO2 emissions. So with about eight years left to reach their goal, F1 seem to be following through with their pledge and are pushing on to be on track.