June 26, 2024
Automotive Sport Sustainability

Formula E Breaks Ground With SAF In Shanghai Race

In Collaboration With DHL

In a historic move towards sustainability, Formula E, in collaboration with DHL, its official founding and logistics partner, has ushered in a new era by leveraging Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to transport teams’ and championship freight from Berlin to the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix.

The Shanghai E-Prix is a race in the FIA Formula E World Championship, an all-electric single-seater racing series held for the first time at the Shanghai International Circuit on May 25, 2024.

This groundbreaking initiative marks the first time Formula E has invested in DHL’s GoGreen Plus service, aligning with its mission to revolutionise motorsport through eco-friendly practices.

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DHL’s Book & Claim system ensures emission reductions directly at the source. Credit: Formula E

The utilisation of SAF for air freight has significantly slashed greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 80% compared to conventional kerosene aviation fuel. Approximately 257 tons of cargo traversed the distance between the two iconic cities, spanning over 6,000 miles and involving three planes.

With an insetting approach, DHL Global Forwarding’s GoGreen Plus service facilitated this monumental feat, underscoring a decade-long partnership committed to sustainable innovation across 127 races.

Cleaner Alternative

SAF, a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels, is derived from waste sources like used cooking oil and food waste. This represents a paradigm shift in aviation fuel, offering a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

DHL’s Book & Claim system implementation ensures emission reductions directly at the source. Air carriers utilising sustainable biofuels on behalf of the company thus mitigate environmental impact.

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The Shanghai E-Prix in the Chinese city is part of the FIA Formula E World Championship. Credit: Arnold Pinto

Formula E and DHL’s partnership is about more than air freight. It is a comprehensive effort to optimise sustainable biofuels in road and ocean freight and strategically cluster races throughout the season. This holistic approach underscores our commitment to driving positive change and inspiring a greener future for motorsport and logistics.

Julia Pallé, Vice President of Sustainability at Formula E, said: “This next big milestone in our sustainability journey builds on more than a decade of collaboration and success between Formula E and DHL. Together, we continue to innovate and redefine sustainable mobility, ensuring we maintain our position as the world’s most sustainable sport.”

Manuela Gianni, Head of Motorsports Italy at DHL Global Forwarding, added: “By leveraging our logistics expertise and global network, we are proud to support Formula E in delivering exhilarating races while reducing our environmental footprint. Together, we are driving positive change and inspiring a greener future.”

As Formula E celebrated its return to Shanghai, it not only marked a decade of partnership with DHL but also heralded a new chapter in sustainable motorsport, where innovation and eco-consciousness intersect to shape a brighter future for racing and beyond.

Antonio Felix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche) secured a second win of Season 10 in the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix on May 25, leading Neom McLaren’s Jake Hughes over the line, with Andretti’s Norman Nato in third place.

Featured image: The 2024 Shanghai E-Prix was held at the Shanghai International Circuit on May 25, 2024. Credit: Formula E

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, aerospace, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, automotive, and fashion verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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