Annual Report 2020

Sustainability as an integral part of our corporate strategy

Sustainability means harmonizing economic, ecological and social objectives. Daimler is committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and to the Paris Agreement on climate change. For our company, sustainability means permanently creating value for all stakeholders: customers, employees, investors, business partners and society as a whole. For us, sustainability is not an isolated area where we take action, but an integral part of our corporate strategy. In line with this approach, we work to achieve CO2-neutral mobility by 2039, reduce our resource consumption despite growth, implement measures that increase safety on the road, continue to utilize data responsibly, and assume responsibility for upholding human rights along the entire value chain.

Achieving success in our areas of action requires a clear commitment to a culture of integrity, as well as future-oriented cooperation with our workforce and our partners in industry, government and society at large. A central sustainability management system enables the effective planning of ambitious goals and their implementation.

Our “Ambition 2039” strategy for Mercedes-Benz Cars clearly demonstrates our commitment to climate protection. Our goal here is to become CO2-neutral by 2039. More specifically, this means we plan to achieve CO2-neutral production at our own car plants from 2022, have plug-in hybrids and all-electric drive systems account for more than 50 % of our portfolio by 2030, and offer a CO2-neutral new car fleet to our customers within less than three product life cycles. An example of this is the new Factory 56 at the Sindelfingen plant. This facility, whose first series-production model is the new S-Class, consumes less energy than previous vehicle assembly operations for comparable model series and has a CO2-neutral footprint. Among other things, this is made possible by the facility’s energy concept, which includes a photovoltaic system, a direct-current network, and energy storage devices made of reused vehicle batteries. A holistic view of the CO2-reduction issue also needs to take the recycling of raw materials into account. After all, we also want to drive forward the implementation of our climate neutrality objective at our suppliers and partners.

At Mercedes-Benz Vans we have set ourselves the goal of making the new vehicle fleet of our vans for private use CO2-neutral for their entire life cycle by 2039. For commercially used vans, the goal is to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“tank-to-wheel”) in the triad markets of Europe, Japan and North America by 2039. Production operations at the Mercedes-Benz Vans plants are scheduled to become CO2-neutral by 2022.

On its path to achieving CO2-neutral transportation, Daimler Trucks & Buses aims to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“tank-to-wheel”) in the triad markets of Europe, Japan and North America by 2039. We intend to offer series-produced trucks and buses with battery-electric drive systems in the main sales regions Europe, the United States and Japan by 2022. In the second half of the 2020s, Daimler Trucks & Buses intends to supplement its portfolio of series-produced vehicles by adding fuel cell-powered electric trucks. In cooperation with the Volvo Group we will drive forward the series-ready development, production and marketing of fuel-cell systems for use in heavy-duty commercial vehicles and other fields of application. Plans also call for all Daimler Trucks & Buses plants in Europe to be CO2-neutral by 2022.

Daimler Mobility’s sustainability efforts are focusing on avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions as well as on collecting knowledge and promoting employee involvement. The aim is to become climate-neutral by the end of 2022 — not only in administrative departments but at all locations. New leasing and financing offers will explicitly serve to promote the sale of electric vehicles at the divisions.

The issue of the first green bond has further accelerated our development of CO2-neutral technologies and services. The proceeds from this bond are used exclusively to fund green projects. In this way, our financing activities are also helping to transform us into a carbon-free company and make our industry CO2-neutral.

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