The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, or FIA as its more commonly know, has developed a 100% sustainable fuel to be used in Formula 1 cars. The FIA and F1 hope the fuel will help the motorsport hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The new fuel is made from bio-waste and the FIA hopes it can be used to prove that renewable sources of fuel can indeed be used in F1 going forward. F1 plans to use 100% sustainable fuels within the next five to ten years when a new engine formula is introduced.
The FIA is also encouraging F1 suppliers to develop their own fuels, with the mandatory requirement of 100% sustainable fuels in F1 targeted by the introduction of the new powertrain architecture. According to the BBC, the new powertrain architecture is scheduled to be introduced in 2026, but that could be moved forward to 2025.
From 2021, other FIA championships, such as the European Truck Racing Championship, will also be able to use sustainable fuel.
— FIA (@fia) December 17, 2020
“We are delighted by the momentum on sustainable fuels which perfectly aligns with our plan to be net zero carbon as a sport by 2030,” said Ross Brawn, Managing Director Motor Sports, Formula 1.
“Our top sustainability priority now is building a roadmap for the hybrid engine that reduces emissions and has a real world benefit for road cars,” Brawn added.