German F1 team Mercedes-Petranos has announced that they are set to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as part of their Net Zero by 2030 commitment. The use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels will be using either renewable or waste-derived materials and will help Mercedes achieve a near 50% reduction in the team’s air travel footprint for their race personnel.
The flights used for the entire race team are currently responsible for over 1/4th of the team’s projected carbon footprint. While speaking on the economics of the move, the purchase of these Sustainable Aviation Fuels is outside Formula 1’s cost cap. This expense is made for ‘Scope 3’ emissions, which are caused by business travel, among other things.
Mercedes’ investment in Sustainable Aviation Fuels comes after Formula 1’s reaffirmation of its commitment to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030 with the help of 100% sustainable fuels which will be introduced in 2026.
Team Principal Toto Wolff also addressed this news and talked about this subject is very close to his hear both personally and professionally. “Sustainable Aviation Fuel has the potential to transform the way we travel and the impact that we have on the environment,” said Wolff.
“This is a topic that I think about a great deal personally as well as professionally. I fly a lot; the team flies a lot. If we must fly, then we need to find a better way to do so and SAF is the best solution available to the aviation industry right now. We aim to be on the cutting edge of change, using our global motorsport platform as a model for a more sustainable and diversified future,” he stated.
“Our aim is to embed sustainability in every decision we make and action we take,” added Alice Ashpitel, Sustainability & Environmental Manager at the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
“We believe that Sustainable Aviation Fuel can change the way that sports and businesses more generally, as some of the biggest users of aviation, can exert a positive influence on the outside world. We hope to play a leading role in showcasing what’s possible with SAF and prove to other industries what can be achieved.”