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Williams F1 team sets climate positive target for 2030

As part of a new strategy published on Wednesday, the Williams Formula 1 team has committed itself to be climate-positive by 2030 and to be the..

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Williams F1 team sets climate positive target for 2030

As part of a new strategy published on Wednesday, the Williams Formula 1 team has committed itself to be climate-positive by 2030 and to be the “pacemaker for sustainability in global motorsport”.

The UK-based former champions said they were also the first F1 team to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

Climate positive means going beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Formula 1 aims to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2030 using 100% sustainable fuels introduced long before as it answers questions about their importance in an increasingly evolving world focused on clean energy and climate change.

Champions Mercedes say they have already achieved a net zero carbon footprint.

The Williams F1 team hopes to lead the way in F1 with environmental sustainability. Mark Thompson / Getty Images

“We took the time to thoroughly analyze our entire operations and develop a comprehensive purpose-driven sustainability strategy to accelerate our sustainable transformation,” said Jost Capito, CEO of Williams.

“That’s why we commit today to be climate positive by 2030 and we will use our knowledge to promote and develop advanced technologies to achieve that goal.”

Capito said Formula 1 has the power to inspire millions of people around the world and is the pinnacle of many advanced technologies.

Great Britain will host the UN climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow next month. The summit is seen as the last great opportunity for heads of state and government to set firm targets for reducing climate-damaging industrial emissions this decade.

Williams, who uses Mercedes engines, named five key pillars of its sustainability strategy.

These included reducing CO2 emissions from travel, with the sport planning a record 23 races around the world next year and possibly more in the years to come, and energy use at the factory.

The team will also try to generate its own energy and develop carbon capture technologies.

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