The Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held in Monaco this weekend. The Mercedes AMG Petronas team transports all its equipment to Monaco with trucks running on HVO100.
The team, Petronas and its logistics partners are working together to achieve the season’s ambition with logistics running entirely on HVO, following a successful trial in 2022 that reduced CO2 emissions by 89%.
As part of the sport that travels the world to race, the team says it is very aware of the logistical impact of its activities. “When we need to move our people and our cargo, we are constantly looking for better ways to do so and strive to be as sustainable as possible in every area of our transportation needs,” the team explains.
During nine races in Europe, the fleet of Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks, which carry all the freight for each race, will be fueled with HVO100, a second-generation biofuel. From their point of departure in the UK and Germany to their arrival in Monaco and then on their journey across Europe, each truck will cover between 9,000 and 10,000 kilometres, with the goal of running entirely on HVO100, which reduces emissions for every kilometer traveled by 89 percent.
This is an important undertaking, with several known challenges to be overcome regarding supply in certain regions. That is why at this point we are announcing our ambition to reduce emissions by more than 60 percent and save 200 tons of carbon dioxide. A full analysis of final CO2 savings and project success will be published at the end of the season. Our racing base generators, which are used to power our engineering trucks once they are set up on the Formula 1 circuit, will also run on biofuels from mid-season and will be served by a dedicated Petronas tanker. We are taking decisive action to address our largest sources of emissions and see sustainable fuels as key to reducing our carbon footprint. Following the groundbreaking investment in sustainable jet fuel, which reduced the racing team’s air traffic emissions by nearly 50%, the focus is now shifting to reducing the impact of our road freight logistics.”
Alice Achpeltel, Head of Sustainability, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team: “Our quest for a European season based entirely on biofuels is a challenging and complex project that has been in the works behind the scenes of the team for over a year. With the support and collaboration of our expert partners, we are tackling an important pillar of our strategy To achieve Net Zero and support wider adoption of HVO100 in the sport and logistics sector.This project represents another step in our sustainability journey, but we are on a learning curve.Evidence from our experience shows that an 89% reduction in emissions is possible for every trip our trucks take, but we also recognize that challenges The HVO100’s delivery across Europe continues to be significant.”
Datuk Szali Hamzah, Executive Vice President and CEO of Petronas Downstream: “Today we are witnessing an important milestone in the successful use of HVO100 or sustainable fuel in the transportation of goods for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. By offering a solution that is 100% renewable and made from sourced materials sustainable, we help our partners reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent.This is evidence of our commitment to supporting motorsport’s ambition towards a sustainable future by working with our partners, including Neste.Together with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, we continue Making progress in the right direction by perfecting our technology to meet the technical challenge posed by the Power Unit Regulations 2026.”
Toto Wolff, Team President and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team: “Motorsport is fueled by passion and we have a responsibility to use the global Formula 1 platform to be more than leaders; we want to be pioneers. Working with our technical partner and partner Petronas, we see sustainable fuel as an essential part From our team’s strategy to reduce our largest sources of emissions and reach “Net Zero” by 2030. Working together, we can fully commit to sustainable high performance. Reducing emissions by 89% per kilometer traveled by our trucks this summer will be a real achievement of the joint efforts of the team, Petronas and our logistics partners who worked so hard on this innovative and challenging project.”
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