Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya sets out plan to become sustainability leader

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The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix and MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix, has presented a strategic plan which aims to make it a leader in the field of sustainable sports venues.

In order to modernise and adapt the Circuit to the new needs, an investment plan of around €30m (£26.1m/$29.3m) has been set out through to 2024. The initiative comes with the venue’s long-term place on the calendars of F1 and MotoGP locked in through November 2021’s announcement of contracts to continue hosting races through to at least 2026.

During the launch of the strategic plan, Catalan Minister of Business and Labour, and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya president, Roger Torrent i Ramió, said the facility “will continue to be a world benchmark in the field of competition, as we have guaranteed with the renewal of the contracts with the Formula 1 and MotoGP World Championships until 2026”.

He added: “But at the same time, we also want it to be a driving infrastructure for projects linked to green mobility, innovation and entertainment. A Circuit open and at the service of the country, connected to it through a change that has to be boosted by an unequivocal commitment to sustainability, public-private collaboration and joint work with the territory.”

Currently, the Circuit already claims to be a worldwide benchmark for its commitment to sustainability and respect for its environment, but the aim is to go further.

To this end, three major investment projects are planned – the installation of 18,480 square metres of photovoltaic panels, including on the roof of the main grandstand; the implementation of a pioneering storage system to guarantee the energy sufficiency of the Circuit; and several investments in electric chargers.

In addition to environmental sustainability, the plan is also committed to diversification in order to generate new revenues. The aim is to improve the direct generation of economic resources and to be more efficient through digitalisation.

In addition to the track itself, the Circuit has 25 hectares of green areas that make it possible to organise entertainment and leisure events linked to the world of entertainment and healthy leisure. Music events, sporting events linked to cycling, running and climbing, plus esports competitions, will be targeted.

The Circuit intends to become a tool for the growth of industry and technological innovation in Catalunya, especially in fields related to green mobility and the automotive industry. This will be aligned with the Government’s objective of reindustrialising Catalunya.