A few years ago, an intensive social and media debate began about driving bans, air pollution in inner cities and limit value violations. “That was the initial spark for us to launch an ‘Air Quality working group’. For us at the company, it’s not just about meeting the legislative requirements in terms of limit values for our vehicles,” says Ernst Peter Weidmann of Mercedes-Benz External Affairs. “We’ve put plans into motion to dig deep into the topic of air quality, understand the complex interrelationships and to firstly make our vehicles’ impact on the air transparent then reduce it where possible.”
In 2019, Mercedes-Benz came up with a very ambitious goal: to offer a new, carbon-neutral fleet of cars by 2039 – accompanied by a binding statement on air quality. The new car fleet’s impact on nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) levels in urban areas is set to be no longer relevant by 2025. “As part of the automotive industry, we want to actively help improve air quality in cities and live up to our social responsibility. Of course, political and public demands, as well as the expected tightening of limits, are also important drivers for our intensive work on the topic of air quality,” Weidmann explains.