Williams recognises the need to act responsibly and we are proud of our green credentials. We measure and report our carbon footprint on a regular basis. Indeed, we were the first sports and entertainment company in the world to voluntarily disclose our carbon footprint under the Carbon Disclosure Project. This has allowed us to identify areas in which improvements can be made, set targets and then assess progress against them. Through a series of initiatives we have seen our GHG emissions reduce by 18% in the past two years alone.
We can make a greater difference in tackling global warming by using our engineering expertise to help others reduce their carbon footprint. We have expanded our hybrid expertise beyond Formula One™, developing innovative hybrid systems through Williams Advanced Engineering that are helping to reduce carbon emissions in a range of applications such as public transport and renewable energy.
Where we're working
- We are supplying the hybrid battery system to all 42 cars that will race in the F.I.A Formula E Championship, the worlds first fully electric racing series.
- We have worked with Jaguar to design and manufacture the ground-breaking C-X75, the worlds greenest and most advanced hybrid supercar.
- We are collaborating with solar power leader Hanergy to develop energy storage systems for solar farms.
INCUBATING GREEN TECHNOLOGY
In 2008 Williams developed an innovative flywheel based energy storage system for our 2009 Formula One car. Realising the potential of this technology to reduce green house gas emissions in ordinary vehicles, we created Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) as a subsidiary company of Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited. WHP has partnered with leading companies in the motorsport and public transport field to validate this flywheel technology. This includes:
- Providing the flywheel hybrid system for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, which has won the famous Le Mans 24 Hours in both 2012 and 2013, becoming the first hybrid car to claim victory.
- Providing the flywheel system for the Porsche GT3R endurance racing car.
- Working with leading transport operator Go-Ahead to hybridise a series of London buses to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30%.
- Working with Alstom, the world’s biggest tram operator, to develop hybrid systems that will reduce the carbon emissions of their global fleet.
In April 2014 Williams Hybrid Power was purchased by global engineering company GKN, who have the resources to volume manufacture this technology on a global scale. Williams Hybrid Power is a succesful example of Williams incubating and then spinning off technology that has its origins in Formula One racing, with the Group benefitting financially from future sales of this technology.