Solar and wind power projects in progress for Mercedes-Benz factories

“We have integrated sustainability requirements into all of our purchasing activities and award processes,” said Schäfer.

Mercedes production and supply chain chief Jörg Burzer said the automaker will make vehicle production CO2-neutral this year.

“Our ambition is to make all Mercedes-Benz factories renewable energy production sites,” he said during the presentation. “In the future, we will increase our use of clean energy and also produce it on site.”

In the US, Mercedes will power its Vance, Alabama, assembly plant through an 80-megawatt Alabama Power solar farm. As part of a 15-year power purchase agreement, Mercedes will receive all of the project’s electrical output after it comes online in March 2024.

“We don’t just want to produce the most desirable cars in the world, we also want to produce them” in a sustainable way, Burzer said.

Mercedes factories are “basically CO2-free for electricity,” Burzer said.

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