Formula One teams agree carbon reduction plan

Formula One racing teams aim to cut their carbon emissions by almost 12.5% by 2012, compared with 2009, equivalent to almost 27,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Formula One racing teams aim to cut their carbon emissions by almost 12.5% by 2012, compared with 2009, equivalent to almost 27,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

The Formula One Teams Association commissioned analysts Trucost to measure emissions from its activities. These include carbon from testing and racing, electricity used in car manufacturing and wind tunnel testing, and supply chain and transport emissions.

Its 2009 carbon footprint was 215,588 tonnes CO2e. The biggest single source was supply chain emissions from manufacturing materials and parts, which accounted for half the total. Electricity use accounted for 30%, while emissions from racing and testing accounted for just 0.3%.

Emissions cuts will come from reducing electricity use, fuel consumption and expenditure on parts and materials.

The footprint was calculated mainly from data provided by McLaren, Renault and Force India. It was extrapolated to include teams unable to provide data. The supply chain emissions were estimated using assumptions of emissions from products and services and team expenditure data.

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