Mercedes-AMG F1 team to fly on SAF
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One (F1) Team is hoping its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) investment will set a precedent for sports teams and organisations globally and drive new investment. The SAF will help to offset the team’s indirect aviation emissions, such as flights to Grand Prix locations and other business-related air travel.
By purchasing SAF claims, Mercedes-AMG will be able to achieve close to 50% reduction in its race team personnel air travel footprint. The team will also continue to offset its remaining aviation carbon emissions with through offsets programmes “whilst we work with the industry to scale SAF availability”.
Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, which aims to become SBTi-verified Net Zero by 2030, said: “We hope that using our powerful global platform to support the development and growth of the SAF market will showcase SAF’s potential and prove to other industries how great an impact it can have. Through our commitment, we hope to encourage others to do the same, driving further investment in SAF production.”
SAF has the potential to transform travel and the impact that it has 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.”
Alice Ashpitel, Sustainability & Environmental manager, Mercedes-AMG Petronas said the team’s aim is to embed sustainability in every decision and action. “We believe that SAF 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.”