Can Formula 1 really go carbon neutral by 2030?

Daniel Riccardo 2020_Campaign_Renault_F1_TeamRenault has launched their 2020 formula1 campaign Australian Daniel Ricciardo starting his second year as lead driver.  But David Brown asks: “can formula be environmentally sensitive?

Formula 1 has set an ambitious target.  They are aiming to be “carbon neutral” by 2030.

It’s not really the fact that a formula 1 car gets 75 litres per 100 Kilometre (or 4 mpg).

The issue is that the 22 races this year require large amounts of equipment, cars and people to be shipped around the world, often by aircraft. In 2019, the each of the ten teams notched up an average of 180,000 air kilometres.

The plan will only target emissions generated by the F1 business and the individual teams who compete, and not the impact of fans who might travel great distances to see a race.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto