F1 cuts carbon emissions, a bit

Formula 1 teams reduced their carbon emissions by 7% between 2009 and 2011, FOTA announced today.

The biggest drop was from the cars themselves: about 23%. The numbers come from a FOTA press release. Emissions from electrical use were down about 14%.

Carbon emissions from travel, freight and fuel use all went up, however. Might be the F1 schedule needs some tweaking to reduce all that flying.

The FOTA release includes these two quotes:

Martin Whitmarsh, Chairman of FOTA said: “We are delighted to have achieved such significant reductions in our carbon emissions at such an early stage on our journey. With Trucost’s assistance, we have implemented robust systems to manage the carbon emissions of the Teams and identify areas for further emissions reductions. We will continue our focus on fuel efficiency and are also investigating opportunities to shift towards more carbon-efficient freight transport modes. We are delighted that the FIA Institute has launched a global environmental accreditation programme, which underscores the commitment of the sport to taking positive action on sustainability.”

Richard Mattison, Chief Executive, Trucost said, “By measuring, disclosing and reducing their operational and supply chain carbon emissions, the Formula One Teams lead international sports federations in the carbon race. The innovations in fuel efficiency that the teams have achieved are an important development for the sport and the wider automotive industry.”

The teams involved included Caterham, Lotus, Marussia, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Sahara Force India, Sauber, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Williams. A big name seems to be missing, huh? I bet just the hot air from the Horse Whisperer makes it hard for Ferrari to reduce its emissions. (That’s for Mark Hallam.)

F1, obviously, needs to move itself toward a “greener” future, for PR reasons if nothing else. Does this seem like a good step? Is it not enough? Do you think fans care?

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