Mercedes-Benz announced its intention to cut its CO2 emissions by 2022 and that it will achieve a net zero Carbon footprint in 2020.
They aim to have cut their emissions to 10,000 tonnes in 2022 from the 20,000 measured in 2018.
In an online press conference Board Member of Daimler Markus Schäfer, who is responsible for Group Research and Car Development said; “We take responsibility for the economic, ecological and social effects of our business activities, it’s our ambition to lead the way to carbon neutral and sustainable mobility.
“F1 is one of the toughest technical competitions in the world and success can only be achieved by pushing technological boundaries every day.”
Mercedes want to take the lead in the push to combat the much publicised climate emergency.
The company produced the first of their flagship electric car plan in 2019 with the EQC with models present at winter testing in Barcelona as team transport.
Daimler announced in 2016 that by 2022 they want to have 10 models of electric car on sale. These plans tie hand in hand with their new plans to cut CO2 emissions by 50% in this time.
Competing in the Formula 1 and Formula E provides two platforms for Mercedes to demonstrate their success in the changing face of the motor industry.
Whilst winning 6 double world championships on the trot in the turbo hybrid era of Formula 1, Mercedes has not only led the way in the power and speed of the technolgy but also in the thermal efficiency.
The power unit began in 2014 with a 44% thermal efficiency. One of the most efficient in the world.
It now runs at over 50%.
Not only have they been able to develop performance, but also efficiency at the same time.
Head of the Mercedes F1 team and Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff said “We represent the three-pointed star on the racetrack, and we want our motorsport platforms to be a case study for the rapid and open-minded implementation of innovations for a more sustainable future.
“That goes from the hybrid and battery electric technology in our race cars, to our daily business practice at the racetrack and in our production facilities. We want to be at the forefront of this change.”
Mercedes already produces more than half of the electricity for its Brixworth based power unit factory with an on site CCHP plant and solar panels.
The Brackley factory uses renewable energy to power all its operations, including the Wind Tunnel.
Lewis Hamilton is very open about the need for sustainability;
“Sustainability is very important to me personally; I’ve become more and more aware of the environmental issues we’re facing around the globe and I just want to have a positive impact and try to play my part in it.
“I’ve changed to a plant-based diet, I’ve changed the way I travel and started off-setting my flights, and I’ve started to drive both plug-in hybrids and all-electric Mercedes vehicles; I’ve also put sustainability at the heart of other ventures I’m involved in, such as my new clothing collection with Tommy Hilfiger.”
Formula 2 Champion and Formula E driver Nyck De Vries also attended the conference and said “We are at the forefront of technology and we want to be at the forefront of sustainability as well.
“While our races are broadcast around the world, it’s important that we don’t just look at them, but also take the wider operation into account.
“It’s great to see the efforts that are being made at our hubs in Brixworth and Brackley, which benefit our Mercedes teams in both Formula 1 and Formula E.”