F1 Singapore in race to sustainability

Singapore Grand Prix and Lion City’s tourism board roll out measure to reduce nighttime race’s impact on environment with solar panels, LEDs and more

A 100-DAY countdown to the start of the world’s only officially titled F1 Night Race was used to show how far Singapore is in gear to make the event’s street circuit the most sustainable on the racing calendar.

Solar panels on the F1 Pit Building for the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix have already been installed, while the race has begun to install more energy-efficient lighting systems on the Marina Bay circuit.

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Singapore GP and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) other initiatives extend to moving towards cleaner energy, going digital for greater resource efficiency, improving waste management and reducing single-use plastics.

STB appointed ENGIE South East Asia to install 1,396 solar panels on the F1 Pit Building’s Rooftop. The panels are now ready to channel enough solar energy to power the F1 Pit Building for an entire month.
This includes providing the power for the Formula 1 Paddock Club suites, Race Control Room, Media Centre, garages, as well as the administrative offices. Any excess solar energy will be sold to the grid to offset the facility’s utility costs.

“We are thrilled that the F1 Pit Building can now be powered by renewable energy. This is an important milestone because it will reduce the carbon footprint of the race, as well as all other events that use the F1 Pit Building beyond the race period,” said Ong Ling Lee, STB’s executive director, sports and wellness.

Work is underway to install a more energy-efficient track lighting system for the remainder of the term until 2028. The metal-halide projectors that were in place since 2008 will be fully replaced by LED track lights to illuminate the 4.928km-long race track.
Supplied by DZE Asia in collaboration with Signify Singapore, the upgraded LEDs will require significantly less power per fitting, consuming at least 30 per cent less electricity than the previous bulbs. In addition, the new lights also do not require any warm up time to reach their full luminance when switched on, saving time and energy.

Sasha Rafi, Singapore GP’s director of sustainability, said: “More initiatives are currently being planned for the night race, and we will be announcing these, as well as the results of our carbon footprint report from last year’s event in the coming weeks.”

The new ArenaVision LED floodlights are designed to provide optimal lighting conditions for drivers, while also offering unforgettable experiences for F1 fans, media and broadcasters. Featuring a higher colour temperature of 5,700K, the lighting system will provide outstanding visual clarity, effective heat management, and a long lifespan – all while meeting the latest broadcasting standards.
The metal-halide lights will be given new life through recycled art. DZ Engineering and Dino Zoli Foundation are planning an art exhibition in September featuring creations that artists will make out of the old projectors to promote a more sustainable future.

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