Mercedes reports 89% CO2 reduction after piloting the Spa-Zandvoort-Monza biofuel truck

Mercedes has shared the results of a recently concluded test that saw its F1 race trucks use biofuels in the last three rounds of the European season – with the team reporting a staggering 89% reduction in freight emissions.

As part of Mercedes’ efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve net zero by 2030, the 16 Actros Gigaspace trucks used Hydro-Processed Vegetable Oil (HVO 100) – a 100% renewable fossil fuel-free product derived from vegetable oils, waste oils and fats – To move equipment between places.

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The experience extended to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza – after a successful test drive from the Hungarian Grand Prix to Mercedes headquarters in Brackley, UK.

The trucks – 13 that spent the summer holidays in Belgium and three from the UK – used biofuel from local sources to travel the 300 km from Spa to Zandvoort and then 1,100 km from Zandvoort to Monza – only diesel fuel is used for the last 20 km of the road. Journey due to presentation challenges.

The Mercedes F1 truck experience included the Belgian, Dutch and Italian Grand Prix races, covering approximately 1,500 km
According to the team, the analysis showed that using biofuels over a total distance of about 1,400 km saves 44,091 kg of CO2 and reduces shipping emissions by 89%.

It is the latest step from Mercedes in a series of initiatives focused on sustainability, having announced earlier this year that it has become the first global sports team to invest in sustainable aviation fuels.

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Fuel developments are already making headlines in F1 this season, with the introduction of E10 biofuels into the sport as part of a planned shift towards a 100% sustainable solution in cars from 2026 onwards.

F1 is also working on a range of other sustainability goals – along with the 10 teams, race promoters, partners, suppliers, broadcasters and the FIA ​​- as it races towards the Net Zero Carbon target of 2030.

Commenting on their recent Formula 1 truck experience, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said: “Sustainability is at the core of our operations. The experience of using biofuels for our land freight is yet another example of our commitment to embed sustainability in every decision we make and action we take.

“We aim to be at the forefront of change and hope we can make sustainable technology adoption possible because we are all in the race for a sustainable tomorrow.”

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Alice Aschbetel, Mercedes Team Sustainability and Environment Manager, added: “We are committed to using our global motorsport platform to be pioneers on the journey not only towards sustainable racing but towards a more sustainable future.

“The result of this experience with an 89% reduction in emissions is another example of our quest to become the most sustainable sports team and comes after a period of commitments from the team to invest in industry-leading sustainability strategies.”

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