DHL and Formula 1 extend partnership

DHL and Formula 1 have announced a multi-year extension of their partnership, continuing the delivery of the FIA Formula One World Championship events worldwide. 

During a 20-year partnership, Formula 1 and DHL have experienced significant transformation, notably an expanded calendar, which this year features 24 races. The logistics firm powers 1,400 tons of freight to each race, incuding race cars, tires, spare parts, fuel, broadcast equipment, and marketing and hospitality equipment.

The most notable change recently was in 2019 when Formula 1 announced its net zero target, in which DHL’s world-leading multimodal logistics, incorporating road, air and sea freight, are a key factor in reducing logistics-related carbon emissions.

DHL has utilized fuel-efficient Boeing 777 aircrafts in its operations, leading to a 17% reduction in carbon emissions compared to traditional aircraft, and the biofuel-powered trucks achieve an 83% reduction in carbon emissions compared to their diesel-driven counterpart.

A new DHL motorhome will be introduced for selected European races on the Formula 1 calendar, which will serve as the designated home base for the team. Equipped with solar panels, charging and recycling stations, this sustainable motorhome will be transported using a biofuel-powered truck.

In 2017, DHL Group was the world’s first logistics company to set a net zero target for all logistics-related carbon emissions by 2050. As part of its sustainability strategy, the Group plans an additional spend up to €7 billion by 2030 to drive progress towards this goal.

Arjan Sissing, Global Head of Brand Marketing at DHL Group, said: “Both companies share a strong commitment to sustainability goals and a common vision to make the sport greener and more efficient. As a pioneer in sustainable logistics, we are delighted to maintain our collaboration with Formula 1 in achieving these objectives together.”

Jonny Haworth, Director of Commercial Partnerships at Formula,1 said: “As our longest-standing partner, DHL has become such a crucial part of the delivery of our events, so we’re delighted to continue that successful collaboration for many more years.

“Our partnership has seen the sport transform in more ways than one, and DHL have been hugely supportive in our transition to a more sustainable sport, and this will continue to be key as we move towards 2030. As sustainable logistics continues to develop, I look forward to seeing the positive impact and innovations that come next.”

Paul Fowler, Head of Global Motorsports Logistics at DHL Global Forwarding, said: “In addition to the increased number of trucks running on biofuel and upcoming sustainable initiatives, it is also great to see our team prioritize eco-conscious travel, exemplified by the introduction of the new DHL motorhome.

“We are continuously exploring ways to achieve Formula 1’s Net Zero goal, and we are delighted to collaborate with a partner who shares our dedication to sustainability and is receptive to innovative green solutions.”

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