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F1 to introduce synthetic fuel in 2026

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27/06/2022

As part of its Net Zero Carbon by 2030 drive, Formula One plans to introduce a 100% sustainable fuel in time for the new engine formula in 2026.

In 2019, as part of a wider sustainability strategy, F1 set out its target of net zero carbon by 2030, and has since been working with the teams, race promoters, the FIA and others to reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.

Various initiatives, including F1's offices using 100% renewable energy, remote broadcast operations and redesigned freight containers, have seen the sport reduce its carbon footprint.

Now, following the successful introduction of E10 fuel this season, F1 is working with Aramco and all the major fuel manufacturers in the sport to develop a 100% sustainable fuel to be introduced with the new engine formula in 2026.

It will be a drop-in fuel, so-called because it can be used in the same form in road cars in normal internal combustion engines. F1 will work closely with F2 and F3 to trial the sustainable fuels.

"Looking ahead, there are plans to build future calendars to improve freight and travel logistics so the sport is moving more efficiently around the world," said F1 in a statement.

"Carbon reduction measures for fans travelling to F1 events are being investigated, while more efficient travel arrangements will be assessed," it added.

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 29/06/2022 22:38

"@mossman
The point is not how “green” the fuel is, but whether or not it is anything more than a mere gesture (AKA greenwashing). In the context of Motorsport it seems a tad futile to use vast amounts of energy to produce a fuel which is relatively inefficiently converted into motion.

I’ll take your strictures about how we might power other forms of transport in future under advisement"

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2. Posted by Max Noble, 28/06/2022 23:58

"@MossMan - Big oil are only in it for the money. I also feel compelled to say I’m not totally ignorant. "

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3. Posted by kenji, 28/06/2022 12:38

"@ MossMan...well said. 'Different fuels for different tools'. My new slogan. "

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4. Posted by MossMan, 28/06/2022 12:31

"E10 uses bio fuel (not so great after all) - synthetic fuels can be created from green hydrogen, which is basically water plus solar/wind energy. Synthetics and green hydrogen are an important focus right now since it's basically the only way to sustainably power energy intensive transport like aircraft. (With battery solutions better serving land and smaller water based transport - hydrogen or maybe on-board generation for heavy shipping.)

This really is not any kind of greenwashing gesture at all - this is what science and engineering of the transport industry is working towards. Very sad that people in ignorance feel compelled to make dismissive comments about it."

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5. Posted by Max Noble, 28/06/2022 1:48

"Ummm…. E10 bio-fuels here’s Australia spluttered to a halt when it was realised we need to cover 95% of Australia in Canola simply to grow enough to generate the E10 fuel required by the nation. Yes, it stops you using Dinosaur Juice to get from A to B… No it does not help. Just gives you a different problem.

The fuel companies, especially ARAMCO, simply want to keep us all addicted to a substance they control. This has nothing to do with going green, and everything to do with keeping us addicted to a substance we cannot generate ourselves.

Road cars are going electric, and in some instances, possibly heavy haulage, to hydrogen. Once again hydrogen keeps us addicted to a supplier. Just what the oil, oh I mean energy, companies want.

ARAMCO will be pushing this heavily. Even if it takes 10 GW of energy to produce half a gallon of said new wonder fuel…"

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6. Posted by kenji, 28/06/2022 1:26

"For those who are interested, Paddy Lowe, now turns up as as an owner/founder of a synthetic fuel company. Which was news to me, others maybe not. I always felt as though he was made a scapegoat for many reasons, mainly unexplained, and was a loss to the sport/business. The fact that he has now surfaced in a new and exciting venture is good.I am not a greenie in any sense of the word but I do believe that there are many solutions to new and different fuels for different applications and if we can clean up our act as a result then that has to be a positive. Now just waiting for another pile-on......"

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7. Posted by Spindoctor, 27/06/2022 20:29

"Pointless greenwashing. Synthetic fuel for an increasingly synthetic, over-managed TV soap with attached “Motorsport event”"

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8. Posted by Defiant, 27/06/2022 17:40

"urgg, more virtue signalling nonsense."

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9. Posted by oldestmike, 27/06/2022 14:01

"Another useless gesture to ease the mind of the folks who can't think. Synthetic fuel will consume more resources and create more pollution that just using regular gasoline. "

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