Formula E – for Energy

Interesting letter to the Straits Times Forum (“F1 at odds with S’pore’s race for sustainability”) today by a Kenneth Hickson:

The F1 race here is arguably the most “energy-inefficient” event in the world, largely because it is held at night and requires a massive amount of extra lighting. Along with an overdose of fuel burn from the cars, the air is polluted and Singapore’s greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere increases…

With this in mind, it would be advisable for the organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix to build energy efficiency into the next series of events, conduct a complete energy audit, measure its environmental impact and take all these into account when evaluating its total economic benefit to Singapore.

Maybe Singapore should secure another new motor racing event – Formula E – which was unveiled recently as a global championship involving only electric cars.

That would put Singapore truly in the race for sustainability.

Sadly, an environmentally responsible FE would probably not kick up the same excitement and be associated with the same glitz and glamour as the noisy F1.


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