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Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Aims for Significant Emissions Reduction and Carbon Savings with Biofuel Adoption
May 24 2023
The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team is setting its sights on achieving over 60% reduction in emissions and saving 200 tonnes of CO2 through the use of biofuels during the European season of Formula One. Building on a successful trial in 2022, which resulted in an impressive 89% reduction in CO2 emissions from freight transportation, the team is collaborating with PETRONAS and its logistics partners to realise a fully biofueled season.
The recent approval of new sustainability regulations in the Financial Regulations of Formula One has opened doors for innovative sustainability initiatives that were previously hindered by concerns regarding on-track performance. The fully biofueled European season project represents the team's first step in this direction.
Throughout nine races across Europe, the team's fleet of Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks, responsible for transporting all race-related freight, will be refuelled with HVO100, a second-generation biofuel. Covering distances ranging from 9,000 to 10,000 kilometres, these trucks aim to operate solely on HVO100, resulting in an 89% reduction in emissions per kilometre covered.
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