Bahrain GP 2023 Set To Be BIC’s Most Sustainable Race Ever
Bahrain International Circuit, The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East, announced that the 2023 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will be its most sustainable race ever. It also announced future plans to ensure it further reduces its impact on the planet and supports F1’s 2030 net zero goal and well as those of The Kingdom of Bahrain.
Solar Farm Production and Expansion
Over the last 12 months, analysis from BIC’s solar partner IREC Energy shows that BIC’s solar farm has produced 5.28 MW of clean energy, enough renewable energy to cover all of the circuit usage for F1 with significant capacity to spare, the equivalent of offsetting 3,108 tonnes of carbon.
New Building Management System and Other Energy Reduction Measures
In the last 12 months, BIC has undertaken a number of measures to reduce energy consumption. This has included a new building management system that efficiently monitors and manages light and air conditioning provision, an upgrade to more efficient air conditioning chillers and the replacement of all street and building lighting to LED lights. BIC’s combined energy saving measures will save over 30% in energy use over this year.
Recycling and Waste
For F1 2023, BIC has upgraded and expanded its recycling facilities. BIC has been working with specialist company Urbaser to increase the number of segregated waste bins across the Paddock and public areas and have also introduced a special composting machine that enables fans in public areas to dispose of waste food in a dedicated composting machine.
Measurement and Carbon Accounting
In order to ensure best practice across all of these areas and for BIC to be able to ensure proper and accountable measurement, it has recently partnered with the SEE Institute, a specialist advisory company across sustainability. The partnership will encompass delivering new best practices for the circuit in all areas of sustainability and will also manage areas of measurement and carbon accounting.