The Mercedes Formula One team reduced its CO2 emissions by 89 per cent during a biofuels trial for its European land freight.
The trial took place between Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Zandvoort in the Netherlands and Monza in Italy, which were the final three European races of the season.
Mercedes travelled approximately 1,400km during the trial, and analysis concluded that the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO 100) biofuel saved 44,091kg of CO2 and reduced freight emissions by 89 per cent.
The biofuel was used in 16 Mercedes trucks ahead of plans to maximise the use of sustainable fuels for the 2023 European races. Mercedes was also the first global sports team to invest in sustainable aviation fuel.
HVO 100 fuel is a 100 per cent renewable fossil fuel-free product derived from vegetable oils, waste oils, and fats. The use of HVO 100 can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the impact of freight on local air quality by reducing NOx and particulate emissions.
“Sustainability is at the heart of our operations,” said Toto Wolff, team principal and chief executive of the Mercedes team. “Trialling the use of biofuels for our land freight is another example of our commitment to embed sustainability in every decision we make and action we take.
“We aim to be on the cutting edge of change and hope we can make the adoption of sustainable technology possible as we are all in the race towards a sustainable tomorrow.”