Wednesday 24 May 2023

Mercedes F1 team says biofuels cut emissions by 89%

Mercedes F1 team says biofuels cut emissions by 89%

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team has said that its trial of using biofuels for three races last year saw carbon emissions drop by 89%.

Following the success, it has said it will look to prevent 200 tonnes of carbon reaching the atmosphere by using biofuels for a full season next year.

Biofuels will be used to power all its freight trucks, which cover close to 10,000km throughout the F1 season.

This will see the team’s overall emissions drop by 60%, it estimates.

The F1 team has also invested in sustainable aviation fuel to cut the carbon footprint of its drivers and other personnel.

Head of Sustainability, Alice Ashpitel, 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.

“This project marks another step in our sustainability journey but we are on a learning curve. From the evidence of our trial, we are excited to see that 89% emissions reduction is possible for every journey that our trucks make.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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