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Williams commit to becoming climate positive by 2030 in ambitious sustainability strategy

Williams have set themselves the ambitious target of becoming climate positive by 2030, as they launch a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

Formula 1 and the FIA are pushing hard to reduce the environmental impact of motorsport and are already committed to being carbon net zero by 2030.

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The teams are playing their part, too, with Williams spending the last year developing a series of technological and data driven initiatives which are based around five key pillars:

  • Climate Action – the strategy for how the team will reduce carbon emissions for travel and energy consumption at their Grove HQ, reduce waste and water usage, and over time create their own energy.

  • Biodiversity Stewardship – covers the strategy and targets for how the team protect and preserve the biodiversity on the 60 acres of the Grove campus, including the Letcombe Brook, which is one of only 240 chalk streams in the world.

Climate positive is a step on from carbon neutral and sees an organisation save more greenhouse gas emissions than it is generating. You can do this by offsetting more than your carbon footprint and/or helping others reduce their footprint.

The team’s strategy brings their emissions reduction target in line with the below 2C target of the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Climate Change Global Agenda. As a result, Williams are the first F1 team to be a signatory of the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework.

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“Williams Racing is a pioneer in Formula 1 and the racing world and has a strong heritage developing Formula 1 technology and transferring it to the EV and sustainable transport and energy sectors,” said Team Principal Jost Capito.

“As a team, we wanted to push the envelope and be the pace setter for sustainability in global motorsport and in the wider automotive industry. So today we are making the commitment to be climate positive by 2030 and we will be using our knowledge to nurture and develop advanced technology to meet this goal.

“We know where we are strong and understand where improvement is required and we are open to learning from others and sharing best practices in pursuit of our ambitious objectives. To help raise the baseline of sustainable performance in our industry, we welcome interaction and partnerships with key motorsport stakeholders, automotive companies, brands and organisations who share our vision.”

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