DHL will introduce 18 biofuel trucks at European Formula 1 races this year to support the motorsport championship in its goal of becoming net zero by 2030.
The new trucks are capable of running on HVO100 drop-in fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and will be delivering at all European F1 races in 2023. By doing so, each truck can reduce carbon emissions of minimum 60% compared to standard fuels, with great potential for higher savings.
According to the company, the trucks reduce carbon emissions while maintaining the same level of performance in terms of load capacity and travel distance as their diesel counterparts. Also, the handling of biofuel is safer than bunkering diesel from an environmental and security perspective.
DHL also equips its trucks with GPS to monitor fuel consumption and optimize routes. This season, the DHL motorsport team will cover around 150,000km, transporting up to 1,400 tons of freight per race. In addition to the race cars, tires, spare parts and fuel, broadcasting and hospitality equipment are also transported to the desired destination. DHL also provides comprehensive track and trace of the cargo while in transit, as well as customs brokerage, pickup and customs clearance services.
As part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Sustainability Roadmap to accelerate sustainable business by 2030, the company is investing €7bn (US$7.53bn) in clean logistics operations to reduce emissions. The funds will focus on sustainable aviation fuels, road fleet electrification and climate-neutral building design. The introduction of sustainable fuels on long haul road transportation is also included in this investment plan.
Arjan Sissing, head of global brand marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said, “Our partnership with Formula 1 also showcases our shared dedication to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. We consistently strive to make logistics more sustainable, and we are excited to introduce the inaugural fleet of trucks, running on a sustainable fuel this year. As an industry leader in green logistics, the 18 trucks further contribute to a lower emission DHL fleet, where we show to our fans and customers that it is possible to bring the excitement of Formula 1 races around the world in a sustainable way.”
Ellen Jones, head of ESG at Formula 1, commented, “We operate on a global scale and DHL plays a critical role in delivering the races and helping us address the logistical impact we have as a World Championship. Together we are continually looking for more sustainable solutions, and through innovations such as the biofueled trucks we’re able to take significant steps forward in reducing our carbon emissions and achieving our sustainability goal of being net zero by 2030. It is wonderful to see partners like DHL share the same drive and commitment to creating a more sustainable Formula 1.”
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