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Five Things You Need to Know About SAF

In a week which saw the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team announce our latest initiative on the road to becoming Net Zero by 2030, it's time to find out more about Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Here are five things you need to know about SAF.

What is SAF?

SAF stands for Sustainable Aviation Fuel. SAF is a form of renewable fuel used in air travel. It is recognised as playing a major role in lowering international aviation emissions going forward.

What is SAF made from?

SAF is created using a variety of sustainable resources - known as feedstocks - such as forestry and agricultural waste, used cooking oil, carbon captured from the air and green hydrogen.

How is SAF more sustainable?

The fact SAF is made from sustainable resources (feedstocks) means it recycles rather than adds carbon to the atmosphere. The International Air Transportation Association estimate SAF could contribute 65% of the reduction in emissions (not just fuel) needed by aviation to achieve net zero in 2050.

SAF can also be made without using the food crops responsible for high levels of deforestation.

What are the benefits of SAF?

SAFs properties allow it to be switched in for traditional jet fuels, meaning no existing parts or technology in air travel need to be changed to accommodate SAF.

SAF reduces emissions by 75% or more compared to the life cycle emissions of jet fuel. This is seen at the production, distribution, transportation and combustion stages.

It also reduces harmful emissions like particulates and Sulphur by 90% and 100% respectively. These are all key in reducing the impact of climate change on our planet.

How will we use SAF?

Our Team's investment in SAF will cover our flights to Grand Prix locations as well as other forms of business air travel - meaning our race team personnel will reduce their air travel footprint by up to 50%.

We are the first major global sporting brand to take on a commitment to Sustainable Aviation Fuel and it will be a vital part of our ongoing efforts to reduce our CO₂ emissions completely and be Net Zero by 2030.

We hope to be able to demonstrate the benefits of SAF in the coming years and encourage other companies from all industries to invest further into SAF production as well.