Mercedes PETRONAS F1 team targets over 60% emissions reduction by switching to biofuel
PETRONAS said it was committed to a more sustainable future, driven by continuous technical innovation and pioneering the transition of the team and Formula One to a net-zero future.
Over nine races across Europe, its fleet of Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks, which transport all the freight required for each race, will refuel with HVO100.
From their departure points in the UK and Germany to arriving in Imola and then travelling through Europe, each truck will cover between 9,000 to 10,000 km, which will be fully powered by HVO100, reducing the emissions for each kilometre covered by 89%.
Alice Ashpitel, head of sustainability at the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 team, said:
“Our aspiration to achieve a fully biofuelled European season is a challenging and complex project which has been ongoing behind the scenes at the team for over a year.
“With the support and collaborative effort of our expert partners, we are tackling a key pillar in our strategy for achieving net-zero and supporting the wider adoption of HVO100 across the sport and logistics industries.
“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, whilst recognising that supply challenges in sourcing HVO100 across Europe remain significant.”
Datuk Sazali Hamzah, executive vice-president and chief executive officer of PETRONAS Downstream, said: “Today, we are witnessing a significant milestone in the successful use of HVO100 or sustainable fuel in freight transportation for Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. By offering a solution that is 100% renewable and made from sustainably sourced materials, we help our partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.
“This is a testament to our commitment to supporting the motorsport’s ambition towards a sustainable future by leveraging collaborative efforts with our partners including Neste.
“Together with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, we will continue to progress in the right direction by perfecting our technology to meet the technical challenge presented by the 2026 power unit regulations.”