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28 November 2023  |  Sustainable Fuels

A winning partnership for the decarbonisation of logistics – achieving net-zero CO2 emissions through Renewable Diesel (HVO100) and emission reductions certificates

Mabanaft is a proud partner of Lechner Racing and with the 2023 Porsche Supercup season finale already two months in the past, it is time for a recap of our joint achievements this season. In the first season of the partnership, the CO2 emissions were reduced by 18.2t CO2e[1] using Renewable Diesel (HVO100), while the remaining emissions were offset through Voluntary Emissions Reduction certificates (VERs). The aim for next season is to further increase the emission reduction achieved though Renewable Diesel (HVO100).

With the aim to enable Lechner Racing to reduce the CO2 emissions from their road transport vehicles to net zero, Mabanaft and Lechner Racing in May entered into a long-term partnership, covering the Porsche Supercup seasons from 2023 to 2025. Under the agreement, Mabanaft delivers Renewable Diesel (HVO100) to Lechner Racing to fuel Lechner Racing’s road trucks and VERs to offset the remaining residual balance of the road transport CO2 emissions.

Driving more than 20 thousand kilometres across Europe

The Lechner Racing team logistics comprises three transport vehicles, namely one large truck and two smaller vans. Over a season, the vehicles are used to transport the team’s race cars and other equipment from the headquarter in Thalgau, Austria to eight racetracks across Europe, and back again. Over the 2023 season, from May to September, the vehicles covered 20,652 km in total. The large truck ran on Renewable Diesel (HVO100) for the entire season, while one of the vans ran partly on Renewable Diesel (HVO100). The second van ran on conventional diesel the entire season. Thanks to the use of Renewable Diesel (HVO100), the CO2 emissions of the three team vehicles were reduced by 18.2t CO2e[2]. The remaining emissions of 13.5t CO2e were offset through the use of VERs. If running on conventional fossil diesel, the three team vehicles would have emitted a total of 31.7t CO2e.

Fuel produced from renewable biomass sources

The Renewable Diesel (HVO100) which Mabanaft delivered to Lechner Racing was fully compatible with the EN 15940 fuel standard, meeting seasonal cold flow property requirements. In terms of sustainability and GHG savings, the Renewable Diesel (HVO100) delivered was ISCC certified and came with >90% GHG savings[3]. The product was produced from waste and residue feedstocks according to EU RED II Annex IX A and B.

Committed to only using high-quality certificates

To offset the remaining residual balance – 13.5 tonnes – of the road transport CO2 emissions, Mabanaft delivered VERs from a renewable energy-based project in Asia and retired them in Lechner Racing’s name.

When it comes to VERs, Mabanaft is committed to originating only high-quality certificates that are held with recognised registries such as the Verra Registry. Verra is a non-profit organisation that operates standards in environmental and social markets, including the world’s leading carbon crediting program, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program. Working with recognised registries and being selective when sourcing certificates are ways of ensuring that the projects in question reduce carbon emissions efficiently and are verified/qualified to be labelled as such.

Winning, both on track and off

In conclusion, the 2023 season was a very successful one; on track, Lechner Racing managed to take home both the team championship and the driver championship and was just one point away from securing the rookie championship as well, while off track, Mabanaft enabled net zero CO2 emissions from the road transport vehicles. We are already looking forward to continuing this winning partnership in the 2024 season. 

Take a look at the video below to find out more about how we are helping our customers decarbonise their logistics.





[1]All calculations done following REDII calculation principles, based on data provided by Lechner Racing.  

[2]All calculations done following REDII calculation principles, based on data provided by Lechner Racing.

[3]When compared to the REDII fossil fuel comparator 94 g CO2e/MJ