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F1 targeting streamlined race calendar to reduce travel

Formula 1 is aiming to make sought-after changes to the calendar by adopting a "regional approach" to future schedules, with the aim of reducing travel.

Formula 1 is aiming to introduce a simplified calendar in the upcoming seasons, with the target of reducing travel-based emissions. As part of the target to achieve 'net zero' emissions by 2030, F1 is negotiating with promoters to adopt a "more regional approach" to the schedule. In recent seasons, those working in the sport have taken issue with the logistics of the increasing schedule, with some races in different continents being placed one week apart. The aim is to try and group races in similar locations, which is often the case with races based in Europe. F1 announced the target alongside a publication of several updates to their goals regarding sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

Formula 1 issues update on sustainability targets

Formula 1 has set itself a goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and, along with the calendar rationalisation, provided an update on the actions taking place. They confirmed an increased use of 'remote broadcast operations', which reduces the number of staff and equipment required at the race venues. Other updates include the use of 100% renewable energy in the F1 offices, a switch towards more efficient cargo planes, and the hiring of their first Head of Sustainability and Sustainability Coordinator. F1 also detailed the impacts of initiatives at Grand Prix weekends, such as reductions in food waste, single-use plastics and emissions through transport solutions. There was also an increase in the number of initiatives for local causes, including education in schools.

Formula 1 details progress in diversity and inclusivity initiatives

As part of the sport's drive for equality and diversity, a number of initiatives have been announced since F1's equality drive began, including new development programmes for underrepresented backgrounds and the F1 Academy, a new all-female racing series. The F1 Academy will consist of five teams, running three cars each to make a 15-car grid. The first season, beginning in 2023 will have seven events of three races, totalling 21 races for the season, plus 15 days of testing. F1 also announced the delivery of engineering, apprenticeship and internship programmes, all aimed at developing students from underrepresented backgrounds. F1 also confirmed progress towards workplace equality, with the gender pay gap being reduced from "+51.9% to +19.1%", and the gender split improving from 28% female to 30.4% female.

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