F1 Says Use of Biofuel-Powered Trucks Reduces Carbon Emissions by an Average of 83%

Formula 1 has announced that DHL’s new fleet of trucks running on biofuel reduced carbon emissions by an average of 83% compared to fuel-driven trucks during the European leg of the 2023 season.

Across the nine European rounds, 18 trucks were powered by HVO100 drop-in fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and travelled more than 10,600 km, transporting an average of 300 tonnes of vital freight per race.

F1 said the trucks maintain the same level of performance in terms of load capacity and travel distance as their diesel counterparts and each truck in the DHL fleet is equipped with GPS to monitor fuel consumption and optimise more efficient routes.

A voluntary certification organisation approved by the European Union calculated the 83% figure through a certification of carbon emissions.

Biofuel will continue to be used in 2024 and beyond, with the data from this summer providing invaluable insight as F1 and DHL explore further opportunities and sustainable innovations. The trucks also represent a small part of the many pieces being used by the sport as it moves towards being Net Zero by 2030.

“It is great to see how our logistics operations can transform to achieve our Net Zero by 2030 goal,” said Ellen Jones, Head of Environment, Social and Governance at F1.

“Reductions such as 83% with the use of the biofuel-powered trucks provide a fantastic platform to build upon, which we will analyse and then continue to deliver in our 2024 season, ensuring that these savings move from a single initiative to business-as-usual carbon reductions.

In 2026, alongside the introduction of the next-generation hybrid engine, F1 cars will be powered by advanced sustainable fuel, following on from this year’s F2 and F3 championships being powered by 55% sustainable fuel in partnership with Aramco.

Due to the development from the sport’s energy suppliers, this could have a hugely positive impact on the wider automotive and transport industry thanks to drop-in capabilities.