Mercedes-Benz AG

Mercedesstraße 120
70372 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 7 11 17-0

Represented by the Board of Management:
Ola Källenius (Chairman), Jörg Burzer, Renata Jungo Brüngger, Sabine Kohleisen, Markus Schäfer, Britta Seeger, Hubertus Troska, Harald Wilhelm

Chairman of the Supervisory Board:
Bernd Pischetsrieder

Court of Registry: Stuttgart; commercial register no. 762873
VAT ID: DE 32 12 81 763

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Sustainability Report 2022

Intro Climate protection (Photo)

Climate protection

Materiality and goals

GRI 3-3


Target horizon

Status as of 2022

Climate protection in vehicles and services



Mercedes-Benz offers battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in all segments where the brand is represented


13 models

Increase the share of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles to up to 50%1

By mid-decade

Cars 16%
Vans 4%

All new vehicle architectures are electric


According to plan

There is an all-electric alternative for every model offered by Mercedes-Benz


According to plan

Mercedes-Benz is all-electric — wherever market conditions allow

By the end of the decade

According to plan

Reduction of the CO2 emissions per car in the new vehicle fleet by at least 50% along all stages of the value chain1, 2

By the end of the decade

According to plan

A fleet of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are CO2-neutral on the balance sheet along all stages of the value chain


According to plan

Climate protection in the supply chain



Mercedes-Benz plans to procure only balance sheet carbon-neutral production materials


86% of suppliers3

Climate protection in production



CO2-neutral on the balance sheet production in company-owned Mercedes-Benz production plants worldwide



Reduce CO2 emissions in the Mercedes-Benz plants (Scope 1 and 2) by 50%4



Increase the share of the energy requirement in own Mercedes-Benz production plants which is met through renewable energies:

  • Cars 70%

  • Vans 80%


According to plan


When market conditions allow.


Compared to 2020, based on the entire value chain.


Measured on the basis of the annual procurement volume and assured by signature.


Compared to 2018.

As a player in the transport sector, the Mercedes-Benz Group supports the Paris Climate Agreement: It is convinced of the objectives of the agreement. About one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions in Europe are produced as a result of the transport of people and goods on streets and roads. The Mercedes-Benz Group is taking deliberate measures to counteract this trend and has made climate change mitigation a core element of its business strategy. The Group’s ambition is to make the entire Mercedes-Benz new vehicle fleet CO2-neutral on the balance sheet across all stages of the value chain by 2039. 

In order to achieve this goal, the Mercedes-Benz Group is transforming the products and services that are at the heart of its business activities. The company also takes into account climate change mitigation in all of the life cycle phases of its automobiles –  from the supply chain and its own manufacturing operations to the use and disposal of the vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz Group sets itself ambitious targets for CO2 reduction in the individual phases and systematically analyses the resulting CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts along its entire value chain.

CO2 neutrality on the balance sheet along the value chain

CO2 neutrality along the value chain (Graphic)

The company’s goal is to cut by at least half the CO2 emissions per passenger car along the entire value chain by the end of this decade, compared to 2020. The goal of reducing the CO2 emissions of the Mercedes-Benz new car fleet by 40% compared to 2018 in relation to the use phase (well-to-wheel) has been confirmed by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The most important levers for this are electrification of the vehicle fleet, charging with green electricity, improving the battery technology, the decarbonisation of the supply chain and extensive use of renewable energies in production.

The Mercedes-Benz Group confirmed its corporate goal of improving the framework conditions for decarbonising the economy and society worldwide by joining the initiatives “The Climate Pledge” and "Transform to Net Zero" in 2020.

The Mercedes-Benz Group uses various future scenarios to assess the robustness of its climate-related activities and the associated risks and opportunities. In doing so, it distinguishes between different types of risks when identifying climate-related risks within the scope of a scenario analysis: transitory climate risks are related to the transition to a low-carbon economy and result from changes in political parameters, technological developments and changing markets. To obtain a well-founded basis for its analyses, the Mercedes-Benz Group examines generally recognised scenarios such as the "Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario” (NZE) and the "Sustainable Development Scenario” (SDS) of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The scenarios are analysed, broken down and used as a reference for comparison with company-specific reduction paths, among other things.

Moreover, it is important for the Mercedes-Benz Group to know the long-term physical climate risks to its business operations. This refers to the impact of risks associated with the increasing intensity of extreme weather events as well as changes in climatic conditions – for example storms, floods, heavy precipitation and temperature rises. As a global company, the Mercedes-Benz Group has locations all over the world. In addition to assessing current threats from extreme weather events, long-term developments are also analysed and prioritised on the basis of different scenarios, including the IPCC SSP5-8.5 scenario.

Climate Pledge
The Climate Pledge is a voluntary commitment by companies to fulfil the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change ten years earlier than required. The companies who have taken this pledge promise to make their business CO2 neutral by 2040. The Climate Pledge was created in 2020 by Amazon and Global Optimism.
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Decarbonisation is the switch to a carbon-free economy.
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IPCC SSP5-8.5 scenarios
Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP) describe possible economic and social development pathways that lead to different future greenhouse gas emissions and thus to different greenhouse gas concentrations. The SSP5-8.5 climate scenario is based on the increased use of fossil fuels and little realisation of renewable energies. Accordingly, the greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise sharply and result in major climate changes.
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International Energy Agency (IEA)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is a cooperation platform in the area of research, development, market launch and use of energy technologies.
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Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario (NZE)
The Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario (NZE) is a normative IEA scenario that points a way for the global energy sector to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, taking into account that advanced economies will achieve net zero emissions before others. It is in accordance with limiting global warming to 1.5 °C, without or with just slightly exceeding the temperature (with a probability of 50%).
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Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTI) is a joint initiative of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). It aims to encourage companies to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the level of decarbonisation that scientists are calling for in order to limit global warming to less than 1.5 °C/2 °C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
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Transform to Net Zero
Transform to Net Zero is a corporate initiative launched by Microsoft. In addition to the Mercedes Benz Group and Microsoft, eight other renowned, globally operating companies take part. Its goal is to improve the climate policy framework for the decarbonisation of the economy and society worldwide.
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Well-to-wheel (WtW)
In addition to the driving operation, a well-to-wheel assessment also takes into account the production of the energy carrier, such as the power generation or the production of petrol..
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