Enovation Consulting and Right Hub have just published their Sustainable Circuits Index, a white paper based on 21 criteria to assess the level of sustainability of motor circuits. A total of 96 permanent circuits were analyzed from data collected between August and December 2020, and only 31 of them show signs of ecological awareness.
The study reveals that the Mugello, having hosted the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany last year and being a historic MotoGP destination, is the most studious student. The Italian circuit uses 100% renewable energy and produces 25% of its annual energy demand using solar panels. Mugello also has a rainwater harvesting system and there are plenty of fountains available to fans and staff to reduce the need for plastic bottles.
Mugello gets a score of 48/100, ahead Barcelona (38/100) and the Circuit Paul Ricard (33/100). All three circuits receive a final score of 3/4. Since it is impossible to properly assess the temporary circuits, only four other tracks do not obtain a zero: Silverstone, the Hungaroring, Monza and Austin.
Cristiana Pace, member of the Environment and Sustainable Development Commission of the FIA, believes that this study may pave the way for changes to improve circuits and make them greener. “Too often motorsport has been accused of green-washing, fine words and vague promises”, comments Pace, who is also the founder and director of Innovation Consulting.
“The Sustainable Circuits Index offers a solid assessment, based on reported data and a well-structured framework, of the sustainability performance of circuits to allow sites to compare themselves to each other and to accelerate actions and changes. Because the days of vagueness are over. “
Alexander Wurz, president of the GPDA, the association of F1 drivers, welcomes this initiative. “I have been involved in track safety and sustainability for many years, as a driver, GPDA president and circuit designer”, indicates the former pilot who went to Benetton, McLaren and Williams.
“And while I can say that great improvements have been made on safety, I also know that there is still a long way to go for the circuits to become more environmentally friendly. Although they have started to change the way they operate. , more instruction is needed on what durability means and how a circuit can be sustainable. “
F1 circuit ratings
The index offers an overall score, between zero and four, based on the performance of each permanent circuit. Four is the highest score, zero the lowest. Here are the notes of the circuits making up the 2021 Formula 1 calendar:
- Bahrain International Circuit – 0
- Autodromo Enzo E Dino Ferrari – 0
- Algarve International Autodrome – 0
- Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit – 3
- Monaco circuit – No data available
- Baku City Circuit – No data available
- Circuit Paul Ricard – 3
- Red Bull Ring – 0
- Silverstone Circuit – 1
- Hungaroring – 1
- Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 0
- Circuit Zandvoort – 0
- Monza National Circuit – 1
- Sochi Autodrom – No data available
- Intercity Istanbul Park – 0
- Suzuka International Racing Course – 0
- Circuit of the Americas – 1
- Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez – 0
- Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace – 0
- Jeddah Street Circuit – No data available
- Yas Marina Circuit – 0