F1 & the Good of Society

The goals for F1 are for every race to be sustainable by 2025 and for the organization to have a net zero carbon footprint by 2030.

What is often overlooked is how the racing cars, drivers, technicians, film crews and numerous other bods also have to travel to the far-flung racetracks.

DHL, responsible for delivering the European leg of the travelling circus, made significant inroads (pardon the pun) by trialling biofuel.

The 18 DHL juggernauts have used a biofuel, HVO100.

HVO100 is a Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Fuel produced from 100% renewable items and is free from any fossil fuels. 

Manufactured using sustainably sourced vegetable and animal matter and has no negative environmental impact.

An estimate of 60% emission reduction was forecast, yet the test achieved 83%.

A resounding success by any standard, nonetheless, the European leg represents only 40% of the Grand Prix spectacle.

According to a report from F1, the organization caused about 256,000 tons of carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere every season. 

The report broke down the emissions in the following way:

  • ≈ 45 per cent from air, sea, and road transport
  • 27.7 per cent from business travel, including hotels.
  • 7.3 per cent from event operations
  • 19.3 per cent from facilities and factories
  • 0.7 per cent from power unit emissions.

F1 President and CEO Domenicali says that F1 using sustainable fuels will lead the way for other vehicles worldwide. 

Mr Domenicali went on to say, ‘F1 is taking a leadership and pioneering role for the good of society.’