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FIA welcomes Formula One emissions programme 01 Jul 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 FIA flag on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 14 March 2010 Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010

Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has welcomed a team initiative to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the sport.

The teams have committed to working closely with the FIA to develop new F1 engine and powertrain regulations that from 2013 will require all cars to incorporate technologies designed to enhance fuel efficiency. At the same time, revisions to Formula One’s sporting regulations are expected to enhance and incentivise the competitive benefit of further reducing fuel consumption.

“The programme highlights the important role that new technologies will play in reducing emissions over the coming years and the leadership role of our sport in developing efficiency solutions for the wider automobile sector,” said the FIA.

The teams have already commissioned extensive research into the carbon emissions produced by Formula One racing’s entire supply chain (on-track activity accounts for only a small proportion) and into ways of reducing them. Cuts have already been made and more will follow.

“Building on what we have already achieved, and extrapolating what is now being planned, we anticipate that by 2012 Formula One will have reduced its total carbon emissions by 12.4% compared with 2009,” explained McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh.

The FIA said that the calculation is consistent with recommendations made by its Environmentally Sustainable Motor Sport Commission, adding: “The programme highlights the important role that new technologies will play in reducing emissions over the coming years and the leadership role of our sport in developing efficiency solutions for the wider automobile sector.”

As part of its commitment to furthering motorsport’s environmental relevance, the FIA is also developing a number of environmental working groups relating to issues such as powertrain development, facility construction, and noise management.