SailGP is one step closer to meeting its 2025 clean energy targets after holding its first 100% on-water clean energy event in Cádiz.
The league teamed up with Repsol to fuel the entire race support fleet with renewable gasoline - reducing event emissions by 13 tonnes of C02.
The fuel used in Cádiz was a synthetic second-generation gasoline biofuel produced from agricultural and food industry fuel waste at a production facility in Spain.
Use of the biofuels results in a 67% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional gasoline produced from renewable feedstocks.
SailGP’s transition and innovation manager Tom Verity said the milestone was a ‘key part of the league’s net-zero strategy’.
“The use of sustainable fuel is pivotal in meeting our wider carbon reduction ambitions, especially in our on-water support fleet where there are currently limited sustainable technologies available to service our full fleet,” he said.
“We’re excited to be pioneering the first use of 100% renewable gasoline in the marine industry, which is made from both food and agricultural waste that would otherwise have been disposed of; and are hoping that by doing so we can inspire the wider sector to look at these low-carbon alternate fuels.”
The milestone means SailGP is even closer to realizing its ambition for events to be 100% powered by clean energy by 2025, including on-water operations, with a target to reduce carbon emissions recorded in SailGP’s baseline year in 2019 by 55% by 2025.