F1’s Williams Racing targets climate positive goal by 2030

Move designed to bring Williams Racing's emissions in line with Paris Climate Agreement.

by Georgina Yeomans

F1’s Williams Racing targets climate positive goal by 2030
  • Williams to focus on climate action, biodiversity stewardship, sustainable innovation, industry access and purpose-driven leadership
  • Strategy to be annually audited to ensure team stays on track

Formula One team Williams Racing have announced a new sustainability strategy with the aim of becoming climate positive by 2030.

The Williams Racing Sustainability Strategy has been developed by the team over the past year and is centralised under five key pillars, covering climate action, biodiversity stewardship, sustainable innovation, industry access and purpose-driven leadership.

The climate action pillar will set targets for the team to reduce carbon emissions for travel and energy consumption at their Grove base, while the biodiversity stewardship segment will focus on protecting the wildlife surrounding the team's headquarters.

Williams Racing's sustainable innovation pillar will aim to foster solutions for tackling challenges in and surrounding Formula One. The industry access pillar is designed for Williams to boost access to motorsport for people from diverse backgrounds.

Finally, the team's purpose-driven leadership element covers the strategy and target setting for Williams to become sustainability pioneers in the sector.

Each pillar contains short and medium term objectives, with the strategy audited annually to ensure the team stays on track.

Additionally, Williams’ sustainability strategy has also been designed to bring the team’s emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Climate Change Global Agenda. The team have also become the first in Formula One to sign the UNFCCC, UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

"Williams Racing is a pioneer in Formula One and the racing world and has a strong heritage developing Formula One technology and transferring it to the EV [electric vehicle] and sustainable transport and energy sectors," said Jost Capito, chief executive of Williams Racing.

"We are living in a time when our planet and society is changing faster than ever. Building on the progress the global motorsport industry has made on sustainability in recent years, we have taken time to thoroughly analyse our entire operation and develop a comprehensive purpose driven, Sustainability Strategy to accelerate our sustainable transformation.

"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."