Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport has announced it is aiming
for its Formula 1 team to be carbon neutral by the end of 2020 as part of its
new sustainability strategy.
The German marque is taking increased measures within its
organisation to continue being a more environmentally sustainable motorsport
Mercedes’ goals are currently ahead of plans set out by F1 as the championship has aimed to be carbon neutral by the end of 2030.
The Silver Arrows is also working with the FIA to increase
the level of renewable fuels in the championship as well as an increase of
electrical power, a project which will share links with Formula E.
Plans to reduce the carbon CO2 by up to 50 percent from
their 2018 baseline have already taken shape, having made the step to power its
factory facilities on renewable energy.
Regarding the unavoidable CO2 emissions of its motorsport
activities, Mercedes will work with the Gold Standard project in an attempt to
offset their carbon footprint as much as possible.
“Sustainability is very important to me personally;
I’ve become more and more aware of the environmental issues we’re facing around
the globe and I just want to have a positive impact and try to play my part in
it,” said six-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
“I’ve changed to a plant-based diet, I’ve changed the
way I travel and started off-setting my flights, and I’ve started to drive both
plug-in hybrids and all-electric Mercedes vehicles; I’ve also put
sustainability at the heart of other ventures I’m involved in, such as my new
clothing collection with Tommy Hilfiger.
“It’s great to see that Mercedes is taking
responsibility for sustainability and that the entire Mercedes family is making
huge efforts to tackle the issue; I hope I can make a meaningful contribution
to that transformation as well.”
Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck De Vries added: “Formula E is a platform to showcase the
performance of fully electric race cars and it’s great that Mercedes is taking
ambitious steps to look at sustainability in motorsport in a holistic way.
“We are at the forefront
of technology and we want to be at the forefront of sustainability as well.
While our races are broadcast around the world, it’s important that we don’t
just look at them, but also take the wider operation into account.
“It’s great to see the efforts that are being made at our hubs in Brixworth and Brackley, which benefit our Mercedes teams in both Formula 1 and Formula E.”