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Mercedes to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Mercedes to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Mercedes to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel

While impossible to justify the ludicrous expense of Formula 1 and the massive carbon footprint the sport promotes, Mercedes are doing their bit by investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel as part of “a new phase of sustainability commitments for the team.”

F1 makes a mockery of sustainability, not only the obscene amount of money to make 20 guys go faster than one another, but it is also a platform for motor companies to promote sales of their vehicles which collectively are responsible for the destruction of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Nevertheless, F1 ventures to address the issue a little are always welcome hence the World Champions announced today their “commitment to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, becoming the first global sports team to do so, as part of our drive to further reduce our CO2 emissions and our ambition to become SBTi-verified Net Zero by 2030.”

The press release added: “Sustainability is at the heart of our operations. As an F1 team racing on multiple continents, we have worked tirelessly to understand the environmental impact that we have and the role that we can play in driving change.

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“As F1 operates at the forefront of automotive technology, we have a responsibility to ensure we are at the cutting-edge of innovation in sustainable technologies.

“Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is renewable or waste-derived aviation fuel, an emerging technology recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to play a major role in reducing future international aviation emissions1.”

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“With aviation accounting for over a quarter of our entire projected carbon footprint, our multi-million-dollar investment in SAF will significantly improve our overall environmental impact, with the industry-leading technology further assisting our journey towards Net Zero.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said of the venture: “Sustainable Aviation Fuel has the potential to transform the way we travel and the impact that we have on the environment. 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.”

Mercedes Sustainability & Environmental Manager Alice Ashpitel added: “Our aim is to embed sustainability in every decision we make and action we take. 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,” concluded Ashpitel.