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The Formula 1 paddock cut emissions by 6.9 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to environmental research organisation Trucost. Commissioned to carry out the study by the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA), the company covered a range of areas including fuel usage, business travel and materials expenditure.
Of the Green House Gas (GHG) categories listed, emissions from F1 cars saw the biggest drop over the two year period, with a reduction of 23.8 percent thanks largely to improved fuel efficiency. In addition, the environmental effect of other vehicles was trimmed by 8.1 percent, along with lowered electicity usage and expenditure on parts.
As expected, a longer calendar has increased emissions in the operational fuel use (up by 25.8 percent), business travel (up by 38.8 percent) and freight (up by 16.3 percent) categories, but the overall figure of 223,794 GHG emissions in 2009 dropped to 208,372 at the end of the 2011 season; a cut which has left FOTA Chairman Martin Whitmarsh encouraged.
"We are delighted to have achieved such significant reductions in our carbon emissions at such an early stage on our journey," explained Whitmarsh, the current Team Principal of McLaren. "With Trucost’s assistance, we have implemented robust systems to manage the carbon emissions of the teams and identify areas for further emissions reductions.
"We will continue our focus on fuel efficiency and are also investigating opportunities to shift towards more carbon-efficient freight transport modes. We are delighted that the FIA Institute has launched a global environmental accreditation programme, which underscores the commitment of the sport to taking positive action on sustainability."
FOTA officials have now set a reduction target of 12.4 percent for the next report, which will cover the progress made through to the end of the 2012 Formula 1 season.
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