For­mula for go­ing green

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AFOR­MULA One race is just about the last place you’d ex­pect to hear peo­ple talk­ing about green­ing the car world.

But Al­bert Park on Sun­day was the fo­cus for a global push to make cars bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment and work to­wards a sin­gle world­wide stan­dard for ev­ery­thing from crash safety to green­house gas emis­sions.

Aus­tralian GP win­ner Lewis Hamil­ton is a sup­porter of the move and was one of the first in the world to wear a Make Cars Greener wrist­band — made from 100 per cent re­cy­cled ma­te­rial — be­fore lead­ing a photo call on the start grid with all F1 driv­ers.

Make Cars Greener is an ob­vi­ous move by Honda and Toy­ota, which are lead­ing the world in hy­brid ve­hi­cles.

But the push is ac­tu­ally com­ing from the Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale de l’Au­to­mo­bile.

It is best known as the gov­ern­ing body of world motorsport and F1, but is also the or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents the world’s au­to­mo­bile clubs, right down to the RACV in Vic­to­ria.

It be­lieves there must be a sin­gle, con­certed push to de­velop greener cars and is work­ing to en­cour­age car­mak­ers and gov­ern­ments to get to­gether for the good of the planet— with its F1 driv­ers lead­ing the pa­rade.

The FIA ob­vi­ously is not try­ing to kill the car, un­like some ex­treme green groups, but to get the best re­sult while keep­ing the in­di­vid­ual free­dom it gives all of us. Its plan will mean ev­ery­thing from new hy­brids from Honda to the sort of cylin­der-cut econ­omy im­prove­ments com­ing on the Com­modore and many more.

Among the um­brella moves the FIA will pro­mote to re­duce the ef­fects of mo­tor­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment are the global use of un­leaded and sul­phur-free fu­els, pro­mo­tion of bet­ter driv­ing tech­niques and new tech­nolo­gies, and — not sur­pris­ingly, since Bridge­stone is the FIA’s first part­ner in Make Cars Greener — the de­vel­op­ment of low-drag tyres.

It has al­ready called on the United Na­tions to set a world­wide tar­get for CO2 emis­sions from pas­sen­ger cars.

‘‘En­ergy-ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies are the fu­ture of greener mo­tor­ing and we hope the global plat­form that For­mula One pro­vides can help to ac­cel­er­ate their in­tro­duc­tion on our roads,’’ FIA pres­i­dent Max Mosley says.

Bridge­stone pres­i­dent Shoshi Arakawa is even more force­ful.

‘‘En­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion is one of the most crit­i­cal is­sues of our time,’’ he says.

Green scene: Lewis Hamil­ton with his Make Cars Green wrist­band.

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