The common goal of the FIA, Formula 1, ourselves and all other teams is set out in Countdown to Zero by 2030. It involves a systematic reduction of CO2 emissions from everything relating to the production of racing cars in our factory, on track activity, logistics, travel and racing. Various targets have been set to reach a net zero carbon footprint from factory to flag, which means that the entire Formula 1 operation should reach zero carbon emissions by 2030. Formula 1 wishes to be seen as an example of environmental sustainability worldwide, by contributing to the acceleration of technologies that will decarbonise the planet.
How and where will this be achieved?
- In the factory and our hospitality unit:
We are committed to achieving a complete ecological transition in our factory and our hospitality unit at the race track, by using renewable energy, reducing CO2 emissions and minimising waste in all areas including water and food.
- At the track:
Formula 1 cars will continue to be the most powerful and efficient cars in the world, running on sustainable fuel and using hybrid technology for the power unit. Formula 1 thus remains in the vanguard of efficiency in the automotive sector.
We will continue to be as logistically efficient as is feasible, moving our equipment as efficiently as possible, using means of transport with the lowest possible impact on the environment.
- Towards Net Zero:
To offset unavoidable CO2 emissions, we are committed to implementing workable carbon sequestration programmes.
Reaching net zero emissions by 2030 involves constant and gradual reduction of carbon emissions, while at the same time obtaining carbon credits to offset the emissions into the atmosphere that cannot be completely eliminated. It is a strategy with well-defined targets which will be monitored on a yearly basis. Scuderia AlphaTauri will be complying with this, the starting point being our carbon footprint from 2019, the year before the Sustainability Programme began.
An in-house assessment, carried out in conjunction with a specialist firm concluded that our team produced around 15,000 tons of CO2 in 2019. This was therefore our starting point heading to a complete ecological change that, through various initiatives and actions, will lead to the common goal of Countdown to Zero in 2030. We are committed to reducing the figure year by year and the process began in 2020. The majority of these emissions, 70%, comes from activity within our factory, therefore this is the area on which we are focusing the most.
Here in detail, team activities that have generated CO2 and in what amounts in 2019:
Over the course of 2019, the entire Formula 1 operation, including all the teams put out 256,551 tons of CO2, divided up as follows:
Since 2020, Scuderia AlphaTauri has already taken the following steps to reduce its CO2 emissions:
- In the factory:
Specific action has already been taken to reduce the source of the largest amount of CO2 emissions, (74% of 2019 emissions) namely the production process within our Faenza factory and in our Wind Tunnel based in England.
- The most significant action has been in place throughout 2020: the purchase of 100% renewable electricity supply which should have reduced our 2020 emissions by over 35%.
- Another important project, due to come on line in the second half of 2021 involves a partnership with Enomondo, a Caviro Extra company within the Caviro Group. It is an Italian leader in the wine sector with a plant just a few hundred metres from our Faenza headquarters. Also involved is Herambiente, a Bologna-based multi-utility company involved in waste collection and gas, water and energy distribution. The Caviro Group takes wine production residual waste and feeds it into a biomass plant that produces thermo-electric energy. This renewable source supplies our factory with hot water, which powers our heating system and other needs of our production process and the facility itself.
- Plastic Free
Our team has an education programme to teach all our staff about having a responsible attitude to the environment in which they work. We believe that only if all staff, outside suppliers and suppliers pull in the same direction, will we reach the common goal of Countdown to Zero. The first step is to abolish all single-use plastics from our Faenza factory. From April 2021, plastic water bottles and other disposable plastic items will be completely eliminated, so that the vending machines in the refreshment areas no longer use them (as they are replaced by carton water bottles) and their use is forbidden within the factory. All employees are provided with special aluminium bottles that they can fill free-of-charge with filtered water from dispensers found on every floor of our factory. Furthermore, all coffee machines use 100% compostable paper cups and stirrers.
- Plastic Free
- On Track:
On track, it is the power units fitted to our racing cars that make the difference, boasting the most advanced hybrid technology, but in our hospitality area it will be our choices and responsible behaviour that will help reduce consumption and reduce waste. The new Energy Station, home to Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing is state of the art when it comes to environmental sustainability and functionality combined with style and comfort. Made from larch wood from Styria, home to the Red Bull Ring, it has excellent thermal and insulation properties and its light weight makes it quick to assemble, disassemble and transport. The properties of the wood and insulating glass used means that air conditioning is not required in the team guest areas. All the electrics and electronic devices are energy saving. Since 2020, all drinks are served in cans or glass containers thus eliminating plastics completely. The Energy Station staff is specially trained in eliminating food and drink waste, as well as in the correct management and separation of waste.
These are the key stages of our Sustainability Programme:
- Up to 2019
Before the advent of the Sustainability project, all Scuderia AlphaTauri’s production activity used energy that was almost entirely non-renewable.
Formula 1 in general, including Scuderia AlphaTauri assesses the situation in terms of CO2 emissions and decides to start a move towards sustainability across the board in F1, both as a sport and a business.Red Bull builds a new Energy Station hospitality unit for its two Formula 1 teams, Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing. Built almost entirely from wood, it epitomises the ultimate in use of green materials, making the best use of space and weight to benefit transport an energy saving.Scuderia AlphaTauri calculates that it produced approximately 15,000 tons of CO2 in 2019.
Scuderia AlphaTauri decides to only use green electricity for its production facilities, produced 100% from renewable sources, which should have reduced our 2020 emissions by over 35%. Everything that is not powered by electricity uses natural gas, bought from the public network.Scuderia AlphaTauri decides to calculate its carbon footprint per calendar year, carrying out an internal audit with help from a specialist company. The carbon footprint for 2019 is approximately 15,000 tons, 74% of which is emitted from the Faenza factory and the Bicester (UK) wind tunnel facility.The new Energy Station which is cutting edge when it comes to reduced environmental impact, acoustics and thermal efficiency, is also plastic-free.
In April, the Faenza factory becomes single-use plastic free. All employees are supplied with aluminium drink bottles, to discourage the use of plastic water bottles. Visitors and guests at the factory are also asked to comply. Scuderia AlphaTauri takes specific actions to reduce its carbon emissions, starting with the largest source, the production activities of the Faenza headquarters. As from this autumn, the consumption of methane gas will be completely replaced by a heating network, supplied by the Caviro Group whose biomass plant produces thermo-electrical energy from renewable sources. When fully operational in 2022, this heating system should reduce CO2 emissions by a further 6% or more compared to the 2019 figure.
The current factory car parks will feature spaces with solar panel canopies and there will also be covered parking for protecting and recharging electric bikes and scooters.
Net zero carbon footprint