The 24 Hours of Le Mans aims for zero carbon in 2030

The 24 Hours of Le Mans has decided to bet on hydrogen in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Guest of the "Demain le sport" festival, the president of the Automobile club de l'Ouest (ACO) Pierre Fillon , explained Thursday that the event hoped to reduce Co2 emissions at the race site by 30%.

Today an edition of the 24 Hours generates 36,000 tons of Co2. However, the cars on the track only represent 2.5% of these emissions, with the major part of the event's environmental impact coming from the movement of spectators. But the ban on the sale of new thermal engine cars in the European Union from 2035, voted in June by the European Parliament, is forcing the motor racing sector into a revolution.

For the development of the hydrogen sector

The ACO thus plans to introduce a category dedicated to hydrogen prototypes by 2025. Indeed, endurance events are not suitable for the use of electric motors. "If you have to charge for an hour, it's not really racing", illustrates Pierre Fillon.

The president of the ACO hopes that the 24 Hours of Le Mans will help develop the hydrogen sector, in which the ACO invests locally. “Motorsport accelerates the development of our technologies”believes Pierre Fillon. Manufacturers must be encouraged to use hydrogen. »

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