Mercedes F1 team target fully biofueled European season

Successful 2022 trial saw 89% reduction in CO2 freight emissions.

The Mercedes Formula One team are targeting a fully biofueled European season following a successful trial in 2022.

Confirmed:

  • 2022 trial saw the team’s CO2 freight emissions fall 89 per cent
  • This year’s goal is to achieve over 60 per cent emissions reduction and 200 tonnes of CO2 saved
  • Over nine races across Europe, the trucks will refuel with HVO100, a second-generation biofuel

Context: The trial in 2022 concluded in September and gathered data across three races in Europe. The trial was designed to understand the level of carbon saving achievable, as well as identifying sourcing challenges.

Comment: Alice Ashpitel, head of sustainability at the Mercedes Formula One team, said: “Our aspiration to achieve a fully biofueled European season is a challenging and complex project which has been ongoing behind the scenes at the team for over a year. With the support and collaborative effort of our expert partners, we are tackling a key pillar in our strategy for achieving Net Zero and supporting the wider adoption of HVO100 across the sport and logistics industries.”

Coming next: Following the cancellation of the round in Imola, Formula One’s European leg begins this weekend in Monaco from 26th to 28th May. The final race in Europe this season will be the Italian Grand Prix on 3rd September.

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