Mercedes-Benz Cars aims to achieve carbon neutrality in plants
The Daimler AG subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz Cars, has announced plans to make all of its German plants carbon-neutral.
As of 2022, the plants will no longer run off coal-powered energy, but instead will be supplied with renewable, carbon-neutral power.
The news was announced at the sixth Efficiency Summit of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production of the University of Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant.
“From 2022, the production of our Mercedes-Benz plants in Germany will operate CO2-neutral. Thereby, we completely forego coal-based electricity and obtain our electrical energy from only renewable sources,” stated Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board for Production and Supply Chain at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“Today, new plants in Europe are already planned with a CO2-neutral energy supply from the start.”
“The decision also fits with our overall strategy. As part of the electric offensive, Mercedes-Benz Cars counts on local emission-free vehicles.”
“With a CO2-neutral energy supply of the plants, we are consistently pursuing this approach and are actively driving sustainability in production.”
The move comes as the first tangible step in the firm’s “Purpose” strategy which aims to address the responsibilities of vehicle creation.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.