Organisers of Formula 1’s French Grand Prix have set a first for the motor-racing series after receiving the highest level of environmental certification from the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

The three-star certification recognises the environmental performance of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France and its commitment to an “ambitious, sustainable development approach” at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

The FIA said the French Grand Prix’s commitment is based on continuous improvement aimed at reducing the consumption of raw materials, favouring the use of biofuel-based energy sources, the use of sustainable materials and the elimination of single-use plastics.

Organisers of the French Grand Prix have also developed a mobility plan that significantly reduces the carbon footprint of spectator travel. The FIA added that members of the organising committee have demonstrated a “strong commitment to social responsibility”.

The certification is in line with F1’s environmental sustainability plan, through which the series aims to reduce its carbon footprint, hosting sustainable events by 2025 and becoming net-zero carbon by 2030.

FIA president Jean Todt said: “The FIA Environmental Certification Framework is an important standard by which sustainability is measured across motor sport and its stakeholders. I am pleased to see that the strong commitments and actions made by the French Grand Prix have brought it to the three-star level. Pioneering innovations have always been part of motor racing.”

Eric Boullier, managing director of the French Grand Prix, added: “Obtaining the highest level of environmental certification from the FIA is a tribute to the work that has been carried out over several years. This makes the French Grand Prix the first grand prix organiser to obtain this certification and is an important recognition for our organisation.

“I would like to thank the teams of the French Formula 1 Grand Prix for their daily commitment and in particular Pierre Guyonnet-Duperat, our Communications & CSR Director, for his involvement in this project.”

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