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Why Does Sustainability Matter to Us?

Earth Day, marked annually on 22 April, raises awareness of the importance of protecting our environment and planet. We will join individuals, businesses, and governments in marking this important date, supporting this year’s theme: ‘Invest in our planet’.

Sustainability, which sits at the centre of Earth Day’s purpose, is more than just a day for our Team. It’s a core part of our daily approach, and a cornerstone of all our operations. Every member of the team has a role to play in helping advance our vision of sustainable high performance.

But why is sustainability so important for us as a team? Well, there are a few key reasons.


As a global motorsports team, we believe we have a responsibility to use our platform to influence and inspire. Our sport has seen an immense growth in its fan base in recent years, appealing to a younger, more socially conscious audience. We sit at the intersection of technology and entertainment. This enables us to inspire new audiences to drive sustainable change. And this doesn’t just apply to individuals. We believe that if our team and our sport can be more sustainable, then so can other industries.


We understand that we have a responsibility to the next generations. We understand a key challenge of sustainability is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. Tackling this issue is the biggest and toughest race of our generation. It’s one we are fully committed to. We have made many improvements and advances already, but we know there is more to do.


Operating in one of the fastest, most dynamic sports in the world, innovation is in our DNA. We use racing to make advancements in an environment shaped by ever-changing regulations. Historically, the sport has contributed to big advances in energy efficiency, materials science and car safety. We believe that innovation in sustainability is a natural progression. We’re a team of problem solvers, committed to the business of sustainable high-performance. And we believe in being sustainable without compromise, as we seek to build on the innovative legacy of Formula One to address the challenges of the present day moving forward.

What has been done so far?

Leading the drive towards sustainable high performance has seen the team reduce our measured carbon footprint by 58% between 2018 and 2021. Our operations in Brackley have been carbon neutral since 2020 and powered by 100% renewable electricity since 2019.

We have invested in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, an industry-leading approach to reducing our aviation carbon footprint. We have also undertaken a biofuels trial for land freight which has informed our strategy for full adoption of biofuels for the 2023 European season.

On track, it’s exciting to see the sport evolve and develop new Power Units for 2026 that run on 100% sustainable fuel. The team at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, working with and building on our successful long-term relationship with Title and Technical Partner PETRONAS, are relishing the opportunity to work within technical regulations that will create one of the most efficient engines in existence.

And this is just the start of our sustainability journey. We have a target of reaching Net Zero by 2030 and continue to push the boundaries in what is possible. We have a dedicated team based at Brackley making sustainability a daily topic of conversation across the whole organisation. We look forward to sharing our journey with our fans, not just on Earth Day but across the years to come.