Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Solar, Wind - April 11, 2022
Mercedes-Benz To Cut Emissions By 50% by 2030
Mercedes-Benz aims to at least halve CO2 emissions per passenger car over the lifecycle by the end of this decade compared to 2020 levels. The company plans to electrify the vehicle fleet, charge with green energy, improve battery technology and conduct an extensive use of recycled materials and renewable energy in production.
The automaker expects to cover more than 70% of its energy needs through renewable energy by 2030 by rolling out solar and wind power at its own sites as well as through further PPAs. Mercedes-Benz has been producing CO2-neutrally in all its own plants as of this year.
“The desire for individual mobility keeps growing. Our mission is to meet this need in a sustainable way. Mercedes-Benz has a clear roadmap how to become carbon-neutral. By 2030, we want to reach the half-way mark. In order to make faster progress in protecting the climate we need maximum dedication and more collaboration among governments, companies and society as a whole,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG in a statement.
Mercedes-Benz plans to achieve up to 50% share of plug-in hybrid and BEVs by 2025 on the way toward going all-electric by 2030. The portfolio already includes six, and soon nine, all-electric models.
The company will enable “green charging2” at all of the around 300,000 public charging points in the "Mercedes me Charge" network throughout Europe and ensures that a sufficient amount of electricity from renewable sources is fed into the grid.
Mercedes-Benz is setting up a green steel supply chain to massively expand its use of low-CO2 and zero‑CO2 steel. In 2021, the company became the first car maker to take an equity stake in Swedish start-up H2 Green Steel (H2GS), with the aim of introducing green steel in a number of production models by as early as 2025.
The company is steadily increasing the proportion of secondary aluminum it uses and it is the first automotive manufacturer to commit to sourcing only primary aluminum certified by the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for its stamping plants and foundries in Europe in the future. This confirms that the raw materials are obtained and processed responsibly and in an ecological manner irrespective of the source country — from mining through melting and refining all the way to the gates of the Mercedes‑Benz plants.
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