F1 aims to reduce emissions by 90% during Austrian GP weekend

Paddock, pitlane and broadcast area will be powered by energy-efficient generation system.

Formula One is targeting a 90 per cent reduction in emissions produced from its paddock, pitlane and broadcast area at the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix.

Confirmed:

  • Power to be provided by sources such as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel and 600m² of solar panels
  • Sustainable sources to provide an estimated 2.5MWh of energy across the weekend

Context: The pilot aims to create a more efficient and sustainable operations system, with a possible reduction even higher than the estimated 90 per cent. It also aims to make it easier and more reliable to power the event by removing the need for teams to provide their own generators.

Comment: Ellen Jones, head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) at Formula One, said: “Formula One’s approach to driving innovation that creates meaningful impact and influence on the wider world goes beyond hybrid engines and sustainable fuels.

“This approach drives everything we do including how we run our own operations, and the trial in Austria is the latest example of this, demonstrating the commitment from Formula One and key stakeholders to develop new ways of working.

“Using the latest technology and innovations, we’re continuing to explore new opportunities to deliver events in a more sustainable way to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Coming next: The Austrian Grand Prix takes place this weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg from 30th June to 2nd July.

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