Mercedes F1 team cuts travel emissions through sustainable fuel

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team has cut freight travel emissions by 88% using HV100 biofuel in its race trucks during the final three races of the 2022 European season.

The Formula One team aims to hit net zero by 2030 and, in its recent sustainability report, Mercedes also revealed a 21% reduction in overall air travel using sustainable aviation fuel and a 46% reduction in race team travel emissions.

Purchased goods and services make up most of Mercedes’ scope 3 emissions at a total of 52%. Business travel and employee commuting are the next highest, with a total of 21%.

Overall, scope 3 emissions add up to nearly 91% of Mercedes’s total emissions. By 2030, it aims to reduce these emissions by 75% and remove 25% through carbon offsets and removal. Supply chain engagement and emissions reduction targets are to be set this year with ongoing talks with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).


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Mercedes team principal and chief executive Toto Wolff said delivering sustainable high performance has become a “guiding principle” by which it operates.

“Over the last year, we have grown our sustainability activities to get a better understanding of our impact on the planet and our role within society, and to further explore ways in which we can improve,” he added.

“Hitting the brakes isn’t an option.”

Overall, Formula One itself also aims to hit net zero by 2030 and stated in its ESG briefing note published last year that racing fuel represents less than 1% of its total emissions – travel and logistics make up majority with adding up to 72% of its baseline footprint.

Last month, ex-Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel shared his fears that the motorsport could be banned due to climate change.

The past few years have seen a number of motorsport events being cancelled due to weather impacted by climate change.

Vettel told media: “Imola got cancelled. Obviously, yesterday, the event got cancelled. I think there is a direct relation between extreme weathers and the changing world, the warming world.”

“I think it’s more a threat that at some point governments will be looking at things that they can cut and ban and maybe motorsport is a threat and might be one of them. That’s how far I’m thinking.”

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