The Formula One Teams Association has revealed that it is planning to introduce a series of changes to make F1 more environmentally friendly in the coming seasons.
A statement issued on behalf of the teams revealed that it has been working with environmental research organisation Trucost to examine how the sport can reduce its carbon emissions.
Following the results of that research, FOTA will now seek to cut carbon emissions by more than 12 per cent over the next three years and also introduce engine and gearbox changes to improve fuel efficiency.
“The good news is that, in conjunction with the FIA's and FOTA's recent successful efforts to improve efficiencies and restrict resources applied to Formula One, it has already been possible to reduce Formula One's total carbon emissions,” FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh said. “Moreover, building on what we have already achieved, and extrapolating what is now being planned, we anticipate that by 2012 Formula One will have reduced its total carbon emissions by 12.4 per cent compared with 2009.
“With the support of all its member teams, FOTA has committed to the continuation of this programme, and has undertaken to maintain continuous and independent analysis and assessment in order to ensure that these carbon emissions reduction targets are met or bettered, and to investigate where further carbon emissions reduction opportunities may exist. Measurement and management, in other words.
“In addition, the FIA and FOTA are already working together to tailor the 2013 technical regulations to ensuring that all engines and powertrains used in Formula One by that date will showcase, and provide a platform for the ongoing development of, technologies designed to enhance fuel efficiency.
“This is a very exciting time for Formula One, and I am delighted that our sport has been able to take a global environmental lead in this way.”