LONDON: The Williams Formula 1 team has pledged to be positive for the climate by 2030 and to be the “rhythm box for sustainability in global motorsport” as part of a new strategy revealed on Wednesday.
The former UK-based champions have said they have also become the first F1 team to sign the United Nations Climate Sport Framework of Action.
Positive climate means going beyond achieving net carbon emissions by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Formula 1 aims to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2030, with 100% sustainable fuels introduced long before that date, as it answers questions about its relevance in a world increasingly focused on clean energy and climate change.
Mercedes champions say they have already achieved a net zero carbon footprint.
“We have taken the time to thoroughly analyze all of our operations and develop a comprehensive, goal-driven sustainability strategy to accelerate our sustainable transformation,” said Williams CEO Jost Capito.
“So today we are committed to being climate positive by 2030 and we will use our knowledge to develop and develop cutting edge technologies to achieve this goal. “
Capito said Formula 1 has the power to inspire millions of people around the world and is the pinnacle of many cutting-edge technologies.
Britain is hosting the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow next month. The summit is being touted as the last big chance for leaders to announce firm targets for reducing the industrial emissions that are warming the climate this decade.
Williams, which uses Mercedes engines, listed five key pillars of its sustainability strategy.
They included reducing carbon emissions from travel, the sport predicting a record 23 races worldwide next year and possibly more in the years to come, and power consumption at the factory.
The team will also seek to create their own energy and develop carbon capture technologies. – Reuters