Sustainability and innovation: French Formula 4 introduces biofuel | Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
By using 100% renewable fuel for its F4 championship from 2022, the FFSA confirms its commitment to the ecological transition.
The French Championship becomes the first single-seater competition to use biofuel using 100% renewable components for the entire season.
Earlier this season, the German Formula 4 Championship also introduced environmentally friendly fuels with an innovative Shell fuel containing roughly 50% sustainable components.
With a view to leading French motor sport towards carbon neutrality by 2050, the FFSA and its federal training centre in Le Mans are breaking new ground through a technical and commercial agreement with Repsol. The FFSA and the FFM (French Motorcycle Federation), in partnership with the Ministry of Sports, will present the first “Environmental Barometer” of motor sports in the second half of 2022.
“The biofuel formula used by the French F4 allows a saving of more than 70% in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels”
The agreement reached provides for the use of 30,000 litres of biofuel developed and refined at Repsol’s technological laboratory in Móstoles (Madrid), Spain. This biofuel, derived from waste and produced by the multi-energy company, meets the sustainability criteria established in the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED), as well as the parameters of the “Advanced Sustainable Fuel” specification established by the International Automobile Federation (FIA). A biofuel formulated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% compared to fossil fuels.
Nicolas Deschaux – President of the Federation Française du Sport Automobile :
“I am delighted to position French motor sport, and more particularly our F4, as a test laboratory for the technological development of renewable fuels. This agreement with Respol, which I salute for its commitment to providing us with an innovative and more carbon-free solution for our top-level single-seater championship, is perfectly in line with our federation’s environmental strategy, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2050”.
Christophe Lollier – FFSA National Technical Director – FFSA Academy Director
“We have been testing this new 100% renewable Repsol biofuel since pre-season testing on our new Mygale F4s and the result is very positive. This is why we have decided to adopt it for the entire 2022 season and are even considering extending it to our Junior Karting championship. As a pioneer of its kind, the French Formula 4 championship becomes the first single-seater competition in the world to use a 100% renewable fuel, which is a source of pride”Clara Rey – Director of the Customer Centric Service of the Repsol Technology Lab
“With this agreement, Repsol continues its commitment to providing sustainable solutions for top-level motor racing. In this way, the company, a pioneer in the manufacture of sustainable fuels in Spain, continues to advance in the decarbonisation of its processes and products in order to become net zero emissions by 2050”.
FRENCH F4 CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 CALENDAR
16/18 April – Nogaro // 6/8 May – Pau // 13/15 May – Magny-Cours // 28/30 July – Spa Francorchamps (Bel) // 9/11 September – Lédenon // 16/18 September – Valencia (Esp) // 14/16 October – Paul Ricard
The Ashley Marie Collection – Natural Hair Care for Gen Z by Gen Z
As a new generation of beauty consumers emerges, the beauty industry is undergoing a significant transformation. Gen Z consumers, in particular, are highly conscious about the ingredients in their beauty products. With a population that accounts for almost 30% of the world, Gen Z (born roughly between 1996 and 2012) are a major focus for several brands.
The desire to be environmentally and socially aware, has led to a change in this generation’s values and spearheaded the movement, urging companies to take action on the climate crisis. This is not merely rhetoric. Based on a survey conducted by Capgemini, in 2021, approximately 69 percent of surveyed participants belonging to Generation Z stated that they were willing to spend more on health and beauty products that contain natural and clean ingredients.This trend has led to the rise of natural beauty products, and the Ashley Marie Collection is at the forefront of this movement.
Created by 17-year-old entrepreneur Ashley Marie Gibson, the Ashley Marie Collection features a range of natural hair care products that cater specifically to the evolving needs of Gen Z consumers. Don’t be fooled by her young age – Ashley is a total boss. As a Gen-Z entrepreneur, Ashley is passionate about creating products that use natural ingredients and prioritize health and well-being. The Ashley Marie Collection reflects Gen Z’s preference for natural and eco-friendly products with its commitment to using only the cleanest, ethically sourced ingredients. All products are cruelty-free, color-safe, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and formulated with natural ingredients.
If being clean wasn’t enough, this brand checks off another box – being diverse and inclusive! The Ashley Marie Collection is an entire hair care line specifically for 4C hair, a hair type that is often overlooked in the beauty industry. The line features a range of uniquely formulated products, including a Clarifying Shampoo, Moisturizing Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner, Protein Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner, Coil Cream, and Curly Coil Styling Gel. All of which work wonders for kinky, thick coils and will leave strands feeling and looking even better!
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TechCrunch+ roundup: Deep tech tips for SaaS VCs, toxic fundraising, student visa startup options
If someone said “startup” while we were playing a word association game, I’d respond with “fundraising.” (I bet you would, too.)
Asking people for money is a key aspect of every founder’s journey, but Techstars Managing Director Collin Wallace says it can also “accelerate your demise.”
For example, raising a round to rev up engineering, sales and marketing sounds positive — but what if the business itself has negative unit economics?.
“Most of the time, what stands between a company and its ability to achieve scale is not a lack of money,” writes Wallace in TC+.
“It’s better to ask: Do we have hustle problems? Product problems? Process problems? People problems? Is my business model fundamentally flawed?”
In this article, he examines four scenarios that often lead entrepreneurs to seek out new cash and explains why getting “a clear picture of what is fueling losses” is much more important.
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