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as a "First sports team worldwide", the Mercedes formula 1 team is investing in sustainable Flow fuel. The measure is part of the program with which the racing team from Brackley wants to reach CO2 neutrality by 2030.

"Sustainable flight fuel has the potential, the way we travel, and the effects we have on the environment. This is a topic that I think about both personally and professionally," reveals Toto Wolff.

"I fly a lot; the team flies a lot. If we already have to fly, we have to find a better way to do this, and SAF [Sustainable Aviation Fuel] is the best solution that is currently available to the aviation industry. "

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"We want to be at the top of change and use our global motorsport platform as a model for a more sustainable and diverse future," explains the team manager. But what is sustainable flight petrol at all?

"Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a flight fuel obtained from renewable raw materials or waste", says a press release from Mercedes, in which one points out that SAF is "an emerging technology".

This is "recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an important contribution to reducing future emissions of international air traffic." How much money Mercedes invests exactly is left open.

One only speaks of a "multi-million dollar investment in SAF". In addition, the press release reveals that air traffic "makes more than a quarter of our entire forecast carbon footprint".

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"SAF will be an integral part of the sustainability strategy of our team and reflects our wish to advance the change within Formula 1 to a more sustainable racing," the statement said.

Important in this context: This investment does not fall below the budget -toss border of Formula 1. "The purchase of sustainable flight petrol is used for our indirect SCOPE 3 airfare emissions," says Mercedes.

These are "except for the cost limit of Formula 1 [...], such as flights to Grand Prix venues and other business flights." It also says: "By buying SAF claims, we can reduce the air travel of our racing team by almost 50 percent."

In addition, "our remaining carbon emissions from air traffic will continue to compensate for gold standard compensations while we work with industry to increase the availability of SAF."

Because the possibilities for the production of sustainable flight fuels are currently limited. "We hope that the use of our influential global platform will support the development and growth of the SAF market," says Mercedes.

Alice Ashpitel, manager for sustainability and environment at Mercedes, explains: "We hope to play a leading role in showing what is possible with SAF and to prove what can be achieved."

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