Does F1 have a greener side?

The Swiss-based Sauber F1 team has been in the news for becoming only the second team in the sport to have acquired Carbon-neutral status, the first being McLaren F1.

Most people will dismiss this as hogwash, arguing the point (or pointlessness) of creating emissions in the first place by racing. But doesn’t that argument then hold true for everything we do? Everything from flying for our holiday to our iPhones and Laptops causes emissions.

What these teams are doing is at least realizing the negative impacts they have on our Environment and trying to clean up their act. They are not simply buying carbon offsets, but also actively working towards reducing the carbon footprint of their operations.  While this might just be a small start, it’s certainly helping the environment more than harming it.

Sauber F1 seems to be living up to their namesake (Sauber is German for clean); let’s hope more F1 teams follow suit. The measures accomplished to achieve the carbon neutral status include embracing carbon cutting policies across the board, including a Solar Park at their HQ in Hinwill, using district heating and acquiring over 50% of their electricity from renewable sources.

Of course, a large part of the carbon footprint in F1 includes transporting man and machinery across the world for the racing events themselves. To counter this, the Sauber F1 team has bought carbon offsets from UK-based Carbon Neutral Investments, which supports emission reduction projects around the world, including China, India and Brazil. Also, Sauber F1 has purchased 30% more offset credits than required to make sure that any carbon emissions missed out are accounted for.