Q&A WITH ELLEN JONES, HEAD
As we continue to recognise Earth Month, we spoke with Ellen Jones, Head of Sustainability at Formula 1®, to learn about the organisation's work to achieve its incredible Net Zero by 2030 commitment. Involving everyone from factory to flag, Ellen talks us through the three core values on which their sustainability strategy is based; and why - because of initiatives like F1® in Schools - the future of motorsport looks so bright (or rather, green).
Could you tell us about F1®’s approach to environmental sustainability?
At F1® we aim to leave a legacy of positive change wherever we race, collaborating our efforts with hosts, teams, partners, and fans, enriching local communities and economies, and supporting the natural environment.
In 2019 F1 announced our commitment to be Net Zero by 2030. We approach this goal by involving everyone from the factory to flag: our race promoters, teams, partners, suppliers, and fans. Intense competition on the track and the relentless pursuit of improved performance are the driving forces behind F1’s success. We are applying this approach to our biggest race yet, to Net Zero and we know that we can have a positive impact on and off the track.
What are the organisation’s key ambitions?
In 2019, Formula 1® launched its Sustainability Strategy, setting out the following ambitions:
1. To achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2030: including delivering 100% sustainable fuels.
2. To leave a legacy of positive change wherever we race.
3. To take steps to build a more diverse and inclusive sport by removing barriers, nurturing talent, and inspiring change.
What role does F1® in Schools play within your Sustainability Strategy?
F1® in Schools showcases the multiple career opportunities available on and off the track alongside increasing STEM participation and long-term learning. It can also offer support as we uncover the next generation of technology, like advanced sustainable fuels and engineering innovations in logistics. Formula 1® supports the next generation of engineers and wider careers and creating more entry points at all levels of the sport and business for people from all backgrounds.
How do you envisage the next generation furthering F1®’s sustainability work? What does the future look like for the sport?
Engaging and collaborating with the next generation is a fundamental step in working towards our sustainability efforts. We want to inspire young people to take the next step to reach their goals and to change how they think about their own actions when it comes to sustainability. The future looks very bright, and we look forward to seeing many faces from the F1® in Schools programme, shaping the paddock for years to come.
Featured in image: Kinnaree Racing, winners of the Formula 1® Sustainability Award at the 2022 Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals, with Ellen Jones, Head of Sustainability at F1®.