Air pollution control

In addition to climate protection, the improvement of inner-city air quality is an important environmental consideration for us. That’s because road traffic still accounts for a considerable share of nitrogen dioxide pollution (NO2) near roads.

Plans call for our new vehicle fleet to no longer have any relevant impact on NO2 emissions in urban areas by 2025. Another of our aims is to increase transparency with regard to vehicle-related particulate emissions and forge ahead with the research and development of new measures for reducing such emissions.

Responsibility for ensuring compliance with air pollution control requirements in the area of exhaust gas emissions is split between several units and executive divisions. At the vehicle level, the development departments at the vehicle divisions are responsible for ensuring such compliance.

A reduction of NOx emissions is made possible by an innovative overall package consisting of the engine and the exhaust treatment system. This package is being continuously enhanced and has been comprehensively launched on the market in the new engine generation encompassing the OM 654, 656, and 608.

Overall, Daimler is developing software updates for a majority of its fleet of Euro 6b and Euro 5 diesel cars in Europe. These updates improve the nitrogen oxide emissions of the vehicles in normal operating status by 25 to 30 percent on average. This will be verified with the WLTC 1, 2, 3 measurement cycle. As early as 2017 Daimler announced that it would offer voluntary service measures that would include software updates for several millions of diesel vehicles in Europe. The company has since then extended this update campaign, among other things to include van models. Daimler has in addition been carrying out obligatory recalls - during which software updates are also applied - at the order of Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) since 2018.

An important role is also being played by the launch of vehicles that comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. In the meantime, all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars that can be ordered as new vehicles now comply with this standard at a minimum.

Maintaining the trust of our customers is extremely important to us. Information about how the Company handles official inquiries, investigations, requirements, and proceedings relating to environmental laws and regulations in connection with diesel exhaust gas emissions can be found in the Risk and Opportunity Report.

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