DHL and Formula 1 have been partners for several years, DHL is Launching its First Truck Fleet Powered by Biofuel to Reduce Carbon Footprint for Formula 1 .DHL will deploy 18 new trucks to support Formula 1 in its goal of becoming Net Zero by 2030. These trucks can run on HVO100 drop-in fuel, which is hydrotreated vegetable oil. DHL will use them to deliver goods at all European Formula 1 races in 2023.
By using HVO100 biofuel, each truck can reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 60% compared to standard fuels, with the potential for even greater savings. Despite the use of biofuel, the new trucks maintain the same level of performance in terms of load capacity and travel distance as their diesel counterparts. Additionally, the handling of biofuel is safer and more environmentally friendly than bunkering diesel.
Reducing carbon footprint.
The Head of Global Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group, Arjan Sissing, emphasizes the shared dedication of DHL and Formula 1 to sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint. He expresses excitement about introducing this inaugural fleet of sustainable fuel trucks, showcasing the possibility of bringing the excitement of Formula 1 races around the world in a sustainable way.
Paul Fowler, Head of DHL Motorsports Logistics, explains that each truck can transport up to 40 tons and travel up to 3,500 kilometers per 1,000 liter tank. For the European leg of Formula 1, the trucks will run entirely on HVO100, which is a second-generation biofuel meeting the standard EN15940 for paraffin fuels. By using HVO100, Deutsche Post DHL Group complies with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. The plan is to expand the use of these sustainable trucks in the future, as part of ongoing efforts to minimize the environmental impact of DHL and Formula 1.
Environmentally Sustainable Future.
DHL and Formula 1 have focused their partnership on creating a more environmentally sustainable future. They have taken various steps to reduce their carbon footprint, such as testing advanced technologies, utilizing multimodal transport solutions, and using more fuel-efficient aircraft. DHL also equips its trucks with GPS to monitor fuel consumption and optimize routes. In the current season, the DHL motorsport team will cover approximately 150,000km and transport up to 1,400 tons of freight per race, including race cars, tires, spare parts, fuel, broadcasting equipment, and hospitality equipment. DHL also provides services like comprehensive track and trace of cargo, custom brokerage, pickup, and customs clearance.
As part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Sustainability Roadmap to accelerate sustainable business by 2030, the company plans to invest €7 billion in clean logistics operations to reduce emissions. The investment will focus on sustainable aviation fuels, electrification of the road fleet, and climate-neutral building design. This investment plan also includes the introduction of sustainable fuels for long-haul road transport.