Williams Racing reveals new environmental strategy


October 13, 2021

by Will Knight 

Williams Racing has confirmed its plan to become climate positive by 2030, revealing a new environmental and societal strategy made up of five key points to target key issues within the world. 

Williams has announced its plan to become climate positive by 2030, signing the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework and gaining three-star FIA environmental accreditation. 

This makes the Grove-based outfit the first F1 team to sign the UNFCC Framework

The team's sustainability strategy is built upon five pillars, each with its own target and intended outcome which will assist with the team's push for diversity and environmental protection. 

These points are Climate Action, Biodiversity Stewardship, Sustainable Innovation, Industry Access for all as well as Purpose Driven Leadership.

The first point, Climate Strategy, will allow the team to reduce its carbon emissions through travel, energy consumption and waste. This is the team's main plan to reduce its carbon footprint. 

Its second strategy, Biodiversity Stewardship, targets the protection of the biodiversity of the team's base in Grove, ensuring wildlife and nature is maintained within the 60-acre Headquarters.

Sustainable Innovation will allow the team to continue its competition within Formula 1 whilst adopting more sustainable techniques to build their cars; such as joining carbon capture strategies. 

Industry Access for All is Williams' push for diversity within the sport, making the sport more accessible for all and pushing inclusivity within the community.

Finally, its push for Purpose Driven Leadership refers to Williams becoming an industry leader to set examples to others for becoming climate aware and carbon neutral. 

A bold and large strategy for societal and environmental reform leaves Williams as one of the leaders in this field, as CEO Jost Capito reflected on with the announcement. 

“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 and sustainable transport and energy sectors," Capito said. 

"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 pacesetter 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."

With such a historic team committing to the push for a better world, it will be interesting to see which team will follow the likes of Williams and Mercedes in campaigning so publicly for societal reform. 

Image credit: Williams Racing

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