Climate protection & air quality

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 — and that share is rising. We are taking deliberate measures to counteract this trend and have made climate protection a core element of our business strategy. Our goal is to make our entire new vehicle fleet CO2-neutral by 2039 and to ensure that it no longer has any relevant effects on air quality in inner cities. We plan to achieve this goal by using a holistic approach that includes ambitious targets for all stages of automotive value creation — from the supply chain to production, the vehicle use phase, and vehicle disposal and recycling.


Target horizon


CO2-neutral production*

starting in 2022

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Market launch of new xEV models (> 10 battery-electric vehicles, > 25 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles)**


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Our objective is to ensure that from 2025 on our new fleet of cars no longer has any relevant impact on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in urban areas.


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Reduction of the CO2 emissions of the Mercedes-Benz AG new vehicle fleet by 2030*** > 40%


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CO2-neutral vehicles**** by 2039


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Mercedes-Benz AG worldwide, Daimler Truck AG in Europe


Only cars


Compared to 2018, regarding the use phase (well-to-wheel), corresponding to the target of the


New passenger cars throughout the vehicle life cycle worldwide, as well as new trucks and buses in driving operation in key regions (the triad markets Europe, Japan, and North America. This includes vehicles that are sold by Mercedes-Benz AG or that are sold by Mercedes-Benz AG as general contractor, including upfitter solutions.

EQC charging (Photo)
EQA: Combined electrical consumption: 15.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km1,2

SPURWECHSEL — We are changing lanes

Mercedes-Benz Cars

Mercedes-Benz passenger cars: Sustainability in the premium segment

By means of the realigned Mercedes-Benz strategy, we want to show that self-determined mobility and sustainability are compatible in the premium segment. We are convinced that the future must, and will, be sustainable. This is why we are working hard at every level to make our vehicles more environmentally and climate-friendly while fulfilling the highest quality standards.

We have formulated our own “Ambition 2039” goals as we continue on this path:

  • 2022

    We intend to offer several electric model variants in all segments from Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans by 2022.

  • 2025

    Depending on how conditions develop, we at Mercedes-Benz Cars plan to have all-electric vehicles account for up to 25 percent of unit sales by 2025.

  • 2030

    Our goal is to have or all-electric vehicles account for more than 50 percent of our car and van sales by 2030.

  • 2039

    We aim to achieve CO2 neutrality for our new car and van fleet by 2039.

We signed in October 2020. By joining this initiative we reaffirmed our ambition to continue moving systematically toward emission-free mobility and sustainable vehicle production. Together with Amazon, Global Optimism, and other participating companies, we are pursuing the goal of being CO2-neutral by 2040.

Mercedes-Benz AG is also a founding member of the international climate protection initiative Transform to Net Zero, which was launched by Microsoft. Through this membership we have further reinforced our commitment to the goals mentioned above.

In this initiative, nine renowned companies from diverse sectors and countries of origin are pooling their areas of expertise. Their goal is to improve the framework conditions for the of the economy and society all over the world.

Trucks & Buses

Daimler Trucks & Buses: We are launching series production of locally CO2-neutral vehicles worldwide

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles, Daimler Truck AG has made a firm commitment to electric mobility in heavy-duty trucks and buses. With our electric city buses and comprehensive “e-bus” consulting services, we are already playing a major role in locally emission-free public transport and the improvement of air quality in cities.

We have also set ourselves ambitious targets for reducing CO2 emissions over the next two decades:

  • 2022

    We intend to offer series-produced vehicles with battery-electric drive systems in the main sales regions Europe, the United States, and Japan by 2022.

  • 2nd half of the 2020s

    In the second half of this decade we intend to put series-produced vehicles powered by hydrogen-based fuel cells on the road.

  • 2039

    Daimler Truck AG has set itself the goal of offering only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation () in Europe, Japan, and North America by 2039.

  • 2050

    By 2050 we intend to enable the use of CO2-neutral transportation on all streets and roads.

1 Electricity consumption and range were calculated on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electricity consumption and range depend on the vehicle configuration.

2 The actual range is also dependent on individual driving style, road and traffic conditions, outside temperature, use of air conditioning/heating systems etc. and may therefore differ.


Daimler AG Mercedesstraße 120
70372 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 17 0

Represented by the Board of Management: Ola Källenius (Chairman), Martin Daum, Renata Jungo Brüngger, Wilfried Porth, Markus Schäfer, Britta Seeger, Hubertus Troska, Harald Wilhelm

Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Bernd Pischetsrieder

Commercial Register Stuttgart, No. HRB 19360
VAT registration number: DE 81 25 26 315

Science Based Targets Initiative

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) is a joint initiative of the CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It aims to encourage companies to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the level of decarbonization that scientists are calling for in order to limit global warming to less than 1.5° C/2° C compared to preindustrial temperatures.

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Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has a hybrid drive system whose battery can be charged either by a combustion engine or by the power grid.

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Climate Pledge

The Climate Pledge is a voluntary commitment by companies to fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate protection ten years earlier than prescribed. 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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Decarbonization is the switch to a carbon-free economy.

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Tank-to-wheel (TtW)

Unlike the more comprehensive well-to-wheel assessment, tank-to-wheel assessments take into account the chain of cause and effect from the time energy (e.g. gasoline or electricity) is put into a vehicle until it is converted into kinetic energy during driving.

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