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Austrian Grand Prix 2023

F1 to trial 'innovative' carbon reduction system at Austrian GP

The new systems are aimed at generating energy on-site to reduce F1's sustainability.

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Formula 1 is to use an innovative low carbon power system at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, with a hoped 90% reduction in carbon output from 2022.

As part of the championship's sustainability and 'net zero' push by 2030, the race at the Red Bull Ring will feature a system it is hoped will generate 2.5 megawatts of power per hour.

This will provide power to all garages and motorhomes as well as the pit-was, timing room and the Event Technical Centre, where the on-site broadcast operations are based.

The system will work by using hydro treated vegetable oil biofuel and 600 square metres of solar panels on the infield by the final corner.

The hope is that the changes will reduce the carbon output by up to 90% on the same race 12 months ago, with the possibility of a "more streamlined" system being unveiled at future races.

F1's innovative approach

"This energy trial is the latest push for more sustainable operations, which feeds into our overall goal of being Net Zero by 2030," said F1 logistics director Ian Stone.

"[It] shows the desire across the paddock from key stakeholders, who have bought into the ambition and understanding of why it is important too.

"There’s not only the obvious benefit of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, but logistically it offers us the opportunity to create a more streamlined approach to powering Grand Prix events."

F1's head of ESG, Ellen Jones added that F1's approach towards innovation "creates meaningful impact and influence on the wider world goes beyond hybrid engines and sustainable fuels.

"This approach drives everything we do including how we run our own operations, and the trial in Austria is the latest example of this, demonstrating the commitment from Formula 1 and key stakeholders to develop new ways of working.

"Using the latest technology and innovations, we’re continuing to explore new opportunities to deliver events in a more sustainable way to reduce our carbon footprint."

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