Mercedes-AMG Becomes First Global Sports Team to Invest in SAF

The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team is preparing to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, becoming the first global sports team to do so, as part of its drive to further reduce CO2 emissions and its ambition to become SBTi-verified Net Zero by 2030.
Mercedes-AMG Becomes First Global Sports Team to Invest in SAF

"Sustainability is at the heart of our operations. As a Formula One 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. As Formula One operates at the forefront of automotive technology, we have a responsibility to ensure we are at the cutting-edge of innovation in sustainable technologies," the announcement on the team's website said.

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

"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," the announcement continued.

Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team said, “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.”

Alice Ashpitel,Sustainability & Environmental Manager at the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, said, “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.”

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