Formula One has confirmed a 100 per cent sustainable fuel will be used from 2026 after the International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced plans to switch to greener racing last December.
Following the successful introduction this season of E10 fuel – comprising ten per cent ethanol, which will reduce CO2 emissions overall – Formula One is working with partner Aramco and all the major fuel manufacturers in the global motorsport series to develop a 100 per cent sustainable fuel to be introduced with a new engine formula in 2026.
It will be a drop-in fuel, so-called because it can be used in the same form in road cars in normal internal combustion engines. Formula One will work closely with its support series – Formula Two and Formula Three – to trial the sustainable fuels.
Three years ago, as part of a wider sustainability strategy, Formula One set ambitious targets and have since been working with the ten teams, race promoters, partners, suppliers, broadcasters, and the FIA to reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.
Formula One has already reduced its carbon footprint through remote broadcast operations, which has enabled the company to reduce freight, while redesigned freight containers mean more efficient aircraft can be used to transport the equipment.
Its offices are now using 100 per cent renewable energy, with the company earning the highest sustainability management accreditation (3*) awarded by the FIA.
In the future, there are plans to build race calendars to improve freight and travel logistics so the sport is moving more efficiently around the world, something first reported last month.
Carbon reduction measures for fans travelling to F1 events are also being investigated, while more efficient travel arrangements will be assessed.