Mercedes-Benz announced this week it will expand its green power portfolio in cooperation with energy supplier and producer, Enovos and Statkraft. Indeed, this decision is part of Mercedes’ plans to purchase only renewable electricity in Germany by 2022.
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Mercedes-Benz on purchasing clean electricity only by 2022
This week, German automaker Mercedes-Benz announced it will expand its green power portfolio in cooperation with Enovos and Statkrat. Accordingly, the Company will purchase electricity from renewable energy sources in Germany from 2022 onwards.
In this sense, a green power supply contract ensures this purchase at all times.
According to information displayed by the Company, the CO2-free electricity from solar, wind, and hydro sources will be available at various of the Company’s power plants, most of which are located in Germany.
Therefore, these facilities include a part of a solar park with the size of 60 football pitches near Ingolstadt. Also, 24 wind farms with a total of more than 200 wind turbines.
Moreover, a green power agreement of this type and scale is so far unique in Germany, the Company says. For instance, it enables the subsidy-free construction of the solar park, which will no longer have subsidies under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) from this year.
In fact, in Germany, green electricity procurement is not only for the passenger car production plants but for all Daimler locations. Thus, this also includes the German van, truck, and bus plants—additionally, the central and administrative units – more than 100 locations in total.
Ambition 2039 for CO2 neutrality
Thus, “the global production of Mercedes-Benz will be CO2-neutral at its own plants starting in 2022. As of next year, electricity for our plants will also come exclusively from renewable sources; in other words, 100 percent green electricity worldwide.”
Therefore, “the expansion of the green power portfolio in Germany is an important basis for this,” says Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG for Production and Supply Chain Management.
Mercedes-Benz is pursuing a sustainable, integrated business strategy. Thus, the Company is pursuing the Ambition 2039 program; which intends to reach a fully connected and CO2-neutral vehicle fleet in 2039. In fact, eleven years earlier than required by EU legislation.
Hence, the Company envisages that more than 50 percent of its passenger car unit sales will be plug-in hybrids; or all-electric vehicles by 2030.
Accordingly, an important milestone is a CO2-neutral production in all Mercedes-Benz AG’s plants worldwide as of 2022. Therefore, to implement CO2-neutral production, the Company relies on green electricity and energy efficiency solutions.