Materiality and goals
Status as of 2022
The entire new car fleet of the Mercedes-Benz Group is no longer to have any relevant effect on nitrogen dioxide pollution in urban areas.
The corporate responsibility of the Mercedes-Benz Group as an automotive manufacturer includes bringing individual mobility, climate protection and air quality into harmony. Inner-city air quality is an important environmental aspect for the Group.
The EU Commission is actively imposing stricter limits for air pollutants: its proposed revision of the European Air Quality Directives includes standards envisaged for the period from 2030, which are more closely aligned with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). The proposed legislation is being negotiated between the European Parliament and the Member States.
In addition, the EU Commission presented its proposal for the new Euro 7 emission standard on 10 November 2022: the successor to the Euro 6 emission standard tightens the limits for pollutant emissions of vehicles. In addition to new exhaust emission regulations, the proposed legislation also envisages particulate matter limits for brake and tyre abrasion for the first time. In this context, the EU Commission announced that it would develop a measurement method for tyre abrasion by the end of 2024.
To comply with future regulatory requirements, the Mercedes-Benz Group is constantly advancing its technologies.