Formula 1 and the FIA have announced that both organisations have signed up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Change Action Framework.

“By signing up to the framework, we express our intent to implement the principles enshrined in the Sports for Climate Action Framework,” said a press statement from Formula 1.

It added that the sport would “commit to working collaboratively with our peers and relevant stakeholders to develop, implement and enhance the climate action agenda in sports.”

The move follows the decision by the sport last November to commit to an ambitious sustainability plan, one that will see F1 have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030 covering F1 cars, races and off-track operations.

“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,” said Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1.

“Last year Formula 1 launched its first-ever sustainability strategy recognising the important role that we must play in tackling climate change,” he added.

“The actions we will take in the years ahead will reduce our carbon footprint and ensure we are net zero carbon by 2030.”

The Framework requires signatories to commit themselves to five objectives, specifically:

  1. Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;
  2. Reduce overall climate impact;
  3. Educate for climate action;
  4. Promote sustainable and responsible consumption;
  5. Advocate for climate action through communication

The decision to sign up to the Framework was hailed by Jean Todt, president of the FIA which is Formula 1’s governing body.

“The signing of this UN Sports for Climate Action Framework reinforces the momentum that has been growing in our Federation for many years,” Todt said. “We aim to inspire greater awareness and best practice in sustainability motor sport standards.

“As an international Federation comprising 244 members in 140 countries and the leader in motor sport and mobility development, we are fully committed to global environmental protection.

“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.”

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