Resource conservation

Worldwide consumption of resources is growing — with negative consequences for the environment and society. Therefore our goal is to increasingly decouple our consumption of resources from the growth of our production volume. We intend to reduce our use of resources per vehicle. In this way we want to help promote both economic growth and sustainability.

Our plan can only succeed if we systematically conserve resources and continue to close recycling loops. We are therefore taking on responsibility in terms of both products and production. For example, we are increasingly using secondary materials and renewable raw materials in our vehicles and steadily making our processes more efficient. In order to also reduce our energy and water consumption and waste generation, we are working continuously to make our production processes more efficient and more environmentally friendly.


Target horizon


Energy consumption per vehicle*

  • Cars – 43%
  • Vans – 25%


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Water consumption per vehicle*

  • Cars – 33%
  • Vans – 28%


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Waste for disposal per vehicle*

  • Cars – 43%
  • Vans – 33%


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Proportion of secondary raw materials per vehicle**

  • Cars 40%


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In production, as compared to the average for 2013/2014


On average for the Mercedes-Benz car fleet without smart and vans

SPURWECHSEL — We are changing lanes

Our vision is to transform our entire value chain into as closed a loop as possible. One of the ways to do this is to return our production waste and end-of-life materials to the material cycle. In particular, batteries from electric vehicles still contain a great deal of valuable materials at the end of their life cycle. The recycling and reuse of these and many other raw materials is the focus of our current strategic activities and will remain so in the future. It is equally important and necessary to integrate our suppliers even more closely into our processes — for example, through dialogs and clearly defined targets. We are also actively engaged in various initiatives that have set themselves the goal of reducing the resource consumption of important raw-material industries.


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