Formula 1 and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has signed up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework.
The commitment follows the United Nations vision to reduce climate impact in sport, whilst also coinciding with F1’s plans to be net zero carbon by 2030.
Chase Carey, Chairman, and CEO of Formula 1, stated: “Last year Formula 1 launched its first-ever sustainability strategy recognising the important role that we must play in tackling climate change.
“The actions we will take in the years ahead will reduce our carbon footprint and ensure we are net zero carbon by 2030. We are delighted to join the UN’s efforts in this space and will be working closely with the FIA, teams and partners to ensure we deliver on our plans and implement meaningful change.”
To be considered for the United Nations platform, F1 and the FIA had to abide and adhere to five principles: promoting greater environmental responsibility, reducing overall climate impact, education to be offered for climate action, promoting sustainable and responsible consumption, and advocating for climate action through communication.
President of the FIA, Jean Todt, emphasised: “We are fully committed to global environmental protection. The signing of this UN Sports for Climate Action Framework reinforces the momentum that has been growing in our Federation for many years.
“From the introduction of the hybrid power unit in F1 to the creation of the Environment and Sustainability Commission, the entire FIA community has been investing time, energy and financial resources to the benefit of environmental innovations. We aim to inspire greater awareness and best practice in sustainability motor sport standards.”
Formula 1’s new season kicks off on 15th March in the Australian Grand Prix as reigning champion Lewis Hamilton looks to retain his title.
Insider Insight: F1 and FIA’s decision to sign the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework further emphasises the organisation’s decision to commit to a greener sport. For F1 this is also seen as a smart publicity move in order to remind sceptics that the auto-sport remains assiduous in adapting to the ever growing climate change issue.