FIA pushes for net zero by 2030, trials 100% biofuel for F1

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FIA has approved what it is calling an ambitious environmental strategy to become carbon neutral in 2021 with an aim to achieve net zero by 2030. The Federation says it will work with its member clubs and championships to support their efforts to become carbon neutral by developing and improving environmental sustainability.

It notes that one of the most significant steps towards reaching this goal has been the research, development and production by the FIA’s technical department of a 100 % sustainable fuel, developed to F1 specifications. It states the fuel is a second-generation biofuel, meaning it is exclusively refined using bio-waste, not intended for human or animal consumption, with the first barrels now with F1’s Power Unit manufacturers for testing and validation.

The FIA says its objective is to demonstrate the fuel technology works and to thus encourage F1 suppliers to develop their own fuels, with a mandatory requirement for 100% sustainable fuels in mid-decade with the introduction of a new powertrain architecture.

Ross Brawn, managing director motor sports, Formula 1, explained, “Formula 1 has long served as platform for introducing next generation advancements in the automotive world. We are delighted by the momentum on sustainable fuels which perfectly aligns with our plan to be net zero carbon as a sport by 2030. Our top sustainability priority now is building a roadmap for the hybrid engine that reduces emissions and has a real world benefit for road cars. We believe we have the opportunity to do that with a next generation engine that combines hybrid technology with sustainable fuels.”

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