Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Biomass

Formula 1 Makes Switch To Biofuel, Will Be Carbon Neutral In 2021

Formula 1 commits to becoming carbon neutral in 2021 and fully net zero by the year 2030.

Formula 1 is considered by many to be the very pinnacle of motorsport, where the most advanced racing cars in the world and 20 top drivers compete against each other to not just entertain, but to push the limits of automotive technology. Companies like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Renault often credit motorsports for its role as a proving ground for road-going tech like anti-lock braking, traction control, and even hybrid powertrains. Now, Formula 1 will be taking on another leading development role with the introduction of what it’s calling a 100% sustainable, bio-waste derived fuel and a commitment to be carbon neutral in 2021.

Formula 1

Image courtesy Formula 1

Formula 1 operates under the jurisdiction of la Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile — rather, “the FIA,” as it’s commonly called — and FIA president Jean Todt has been instrumental in driving down the series’ carbon emissions in a bid to keep the series’ internal combustion aspects relevant in an automotive landscape that is rapidly shifting its focus to EVs. To that end, the FIA introduced hybrid-electric power units to Formula 1 and created the all-electric Formula E championship in 2014, and set up a dedicated Environment and Sustainability Commission in 2017 chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

“(The) 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,” says Todt, in the official release. “By developing sustainable fuel made from bio waste that can power Formula 1, we are taking a new step forward.”

Similar to how Porsche seems to view its own synthetic fuel research, the goal of using more sustainable and lower-emissions fuels in motorsport is one of the ways that the F1 circus is working to have the events themselves be carbon-neutral next year. The move is one of several intended both to reduce the competing teams’ operational costs and a more ambitious environmental strategy plan to have the sport be net zero by 2030 — a huge ask, considering all the flying and traveling teams need to endure during the course of a 20+ race season.

Which, I mean, it’s not a full-on switch to EVs for the top-shelf racing series, but any positive change is to be celebrated, right? (Right).

Also, it’s worth noting that while most of the other rule changes to Formula 1 that had been planned to kick off in 2021 have been delayed a year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting hit to the global economy, the FIA is still holding firm to its goal of carbon neutrality in the fuels department (along with some, but not all, of the planned aero changes).  You can check out some of the other big changes coming to F1 in the video below, and then scroll on down to the bottom of the page to tell us what you think about F1’s new sustainably-sourced biofuels in the comments.

Formula 1 Big Rule Changes for 2021

Source | ImagesFormula 1, via the FIA.


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

I've been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and have been a part of the Important Media Network since 2008. You can find me here, working on my Volvo fansite, riding a motorcycle around Chicago, or chasing my kids around Oak Park.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Cars

BMW recently invited media to check out its Formula E Media Guide, and it had a lot of interesting information. While we don’t typically...

Cars

Polestar is a bit different than most car companies. By that I mean that its particular brand of progressivism and sustainability seems to come...

Cars

Electric cars are fast. We know that, because we’re CleanTechnica readers and we’ve watched Tesla after Tesla beat up on supercar after supercar time and time again....

Clean Transport

Depending on who you ask, Lordstown Motors is usually one of two things. It’s either the most credible of the many electric pickup startups out...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.