F1 has placed second behind Formula E in a new report ranking the sustainability of global motorsports championships.
A total of 106 categories from around the world were assessed as part of the Sustainable Championship Index, which involved examining the environmental, social and governance impact of each championship, as well as their engagement with different stakeholders.
The report used publicly disclosed data in research from July to November 2021, and looked at 25 sustainability performance criteria across six different areas, including certifications, accreditations and awards, environmental criteria, social criteria, engagement and partnerships, and sustainability approach.
Each championship was put into ranked tiers, and Formula E was the only one to place in the top category, with a score of 79 out of a maximum of 100.
Meanwhile, Formula 1 earned a score of 60 out of 100, putting it in second place. The report stated that this high position for F1 was "slightly more surprising" than FE's position at the top.
F1 has "come a long way" in sustainability efforts
Formula 1 was praised for its continued efforts to improve sustainability, with the report stating: "While there is still room from improvement, F1 has come a long way on its journey towards a sustainable future, elevating its level of engagement and setting the pace for other stakeholders to follow suit."
F1 holds the same 3-star FIA Environmental accreditation as FE, and some of its actions commended in the report include its target to be net-zero by 2030 and the use of 100 per cent renewable energy for its headquarters.
MotoGP achieved third place in the rankings, ahead of Extreme E, the FIA World Touring Car Cup and NASCAR.
Some 72 categories, though, scored poorly and fell into the bottom tier in the report. Amongst these were Formula 2, Formula 3, IndyCar and DTM.
Dr Cristiana Pace, a member of the FIA Environmental and Sustainability Commission and founder and Managing Director of sustainability consultants Enovation, said of F1's high ranking: "I want to congratulate everybody on the list, from the bottom to the top, for having started this sustainability journey.
"F1 is actually a good surprise and we are really happy for them. We are delighted with the outcome.
"They have a strong legacy, so for them it's much more difficult to be sustainable. But they have definitely put some resources on sustainability for a few years now."
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