DHL is driving Formula 1’s net-zero approach with a fleet of biofuel trucks

According to DHL, each truck can reduce CO2 emissions by at least 60% compared to standard fuels, which offers great potential for greater savings.

The company adds that the new trucks will reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining the same level of performance as their diesel counterparts in terms of load capacity and range.

And it is said that handling biofuel is safer than bunkering diesel from an environmental and safety point of view.

This season, the DHL Motorsport Team will cover around 150,000 kilometers and transport up to 1,400 tons of freight per race. In addition to the racing cars, tires, spare parts and fuel, radio and hospitality equipment is also transported to the desired destination.

F1 partnership ‘shows DHL net zero drive’

“Our partnership with Formula 1 also shows our shared commitment to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint,” says Arjan Sissing, Head of Global Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “The 18 trucks also contribute to a lower-emission DHL fleet. We are showing fans and customers that it is possible to bring the excitement of Formula 1 racing to the whole world in a sustainable way.”

Paul Fowler, Head of DHL Motorsports Logistics, says: “Each truck can transport up to 40 tonnes and cover up to 3,500 km per 1,000 liter tank.

“On the European F1 stage, the trucks will run exclusively on second-generation biofuel.

“We are a sport that operates on a global scale and DHL plays a crucial role in running the races and helping us manage the logistical impact that we have as a World Championship,” said Ellen Jones, Head of ESG at Formula 1 .

She adds: “It’s wonderful to see that partners like DHL share the same drive and commitment to creating a more sustainable Formula 1.”

DHL’s other sustainability initiatives include testing more advanced technologies, using multimodal transportation solutions – including land and sea freight – and deploying more Boeing 777 aircraft, which reduce CO2 emissions by 18% compared to the traditional 747.

In addition, DHL equips all of its trucks with GPS to monitor fuel consumption and optimize routes.

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