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Mercedes significantly reduce carbon emissions during F1 triple-header

Team trials biofuels for freight trucks during the final three European races of the season.

The 2023 Formula 1 calendar will feature two triple-headers; one in Europe and one in America. As F1 looks to become net-zero by 2030, Mercedes has conducted an important experiment during the Spa-Zandvoort-Monza triple header. Utilising biofuels in 16 of their freight trucks which transport crucial gear, offices, and hospitality units, the team has revealed that the switch from diesel has enabled them to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. Of the 16 there was 13 that spent the summer break in Belgium and three from the UK made use of locally sourced biofuel to travel 300km from Spa to Zandvoort, then 1,100km from Zandvoort to Monza. A total of 44,091kg of CO2 was saved over a distance of 1,400km, which resulted in a decrease of 89% compared to fossil fuel diesel. The team used diesel for the final 20km of the journey due to supply challenges.

Mercedes lead sustainability drive

For this experiment, Mercedes used Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO 100), which is a 100% renewable fossil fuel free product derived from vegetable oils, waste oils and fats. Team Principal Toto Wolff said: "Sustainability is at the heart of our operations. Trialling the use of biofuels for our land freight is another example of our commitment to embed sustainability in every decision we make and action we take. "We aim to be on the cutting edge of change and hope we can make the adoption of sustainable technology possible as we are all in the race towards a sustainable tomorrow.” Mercedes has previously demonstrated commitment to reducing its emissions during a season, after announcing it was the first global sports team to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel which should help it reduce their air travel footprint by 50%.

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