Together for climate protection
» Key criterion for supplier selection: With Ambition 2039 Mercedes-Benz wants to offer a CO₂ neutral new car fleet in less than 20 years. The transformation to electric mobility in particular increases the energy demand in the supply chain.
Our suppliers are also part of our holistic approach to climate protection. We want to implement effective climate protection measures together with our partners in the supply chain. The starting point is the creation of transparency. To this end, we are working with organizations such as CDP in the car sector to assess the environmental impact of our supply chain.
We additionally focus on materials and components that are particularly CO2 intensive in manufacturing and processing. Focus components include battery cells, steel, and aluminium. Here, we have already reached some important milestones: We have made CO2 neutral cell production a key requirement for all of our battery cell partners. This reduces emissions in battery production by around 30%. Our flagship EQS is already the first vehicle to be equipped with them. The CO2 neutral production at the partners’ premises has also been verified and confirmed by the expert and testing organizations SGS and DEKRA.
Together with our suppliers, we are also working on a green, CO2 free steel supply chain. Already today, we source steel from Salzgitter AG and Big River Steel with a significantly reduced carbon footprint by the use of recycled steel scrap. In the future, we will source steel from virtually CO2-free production, thanks to the switch to new technologies. To this end, we were the first car manufacturer to take an equity stake in the start-up H2 Green Steel and we have entered into a partnership with the Swedish steel producer SSAB.
» Certified mining of cobalt and lithium: Mercedes-Benz AG is relying on sustainable supply chains for its electric vehicle fleet.
Sourcing battery cells with cobalt and lithium exclusively from certified mines in the future makes Mercedes-Benz AG a pioneer for the first cross-industry mining standard “Standard for Responsible Mining” of the “Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance”. Mercedes-Benz is also consequently reducing the use of critical materials: the proportion of cobalt in the cathodes of the EQS battery cells is already less than ten percent and has thus been significantly reduced compared with the previous generation of batteries. In the long term, we want to use post-lithium-ion technologies with new material compositions to eliminate the need for materials such as cobalt.
In the coming generations of battery cells, Mercedes-Benz is already reducing the cobalt content to less than ten percent and intends to dispense with materials such as cobalt entirely through post-lithium-ion technologies with new material compositions.