Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - May 14, 2018
Mercedes-Benz Cars plants to become CO2-neutral
Mercedes-Benz announced on May 14 that all its German plants will be supplied with CO2-neutral energy.
A report in Automotove World noted that preparations for exclusively green electricity for a climate-friendly production in Europe are already well advanced. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, production and supply chain, explained,
"From 2022, the production of our Mercedes-Benz plants in Germany will operate CO2-neutral. Thereby, we completely forego coal-based electricity and obtain our electrical energy from only renewable sources. Today, new plants in Europe are already planned with a CO2-neutral energy supply from the start. The decision also fits with our overall strategy. As part of the electric offensive, Mercedes-Benz Cars counts on local emission-free vehicles. With a CO2-neutral energy supply of the plants, we are consistently pursuing this approach and are actively driving sustainability in production.”
Mercedes-Benz has stated an overall strategy “First Move the World,” explaining, “The great success of the car also comes with huge responsibility. How can a company constantly and sustainably live up to this responsibility?" The switch to CO2-neutral vehicle production is part of this strategy.
Mercedes-Benz Cars currently operates eight vehicle and powertrain plants in Germany, all of which either purchase electricity or operate their own power plants. In the future, 100 percent of additional purchased electricity will come from verifiable renewable sources, such as wind- and hydropower. The company currently operates more than 30 locations worldwide. Three more are currently being built in Europe that will operate with a CO2-neutral energy supply from the start, including one set to open in 2019 in Poland.