German automotive company Mercedez-Benz has joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism to reach net zero carbon by 2040, a decade early of the targets set under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
By joining The Climate Pledge, Mercedes-Benz is doubling down on its commitment to ‘Ambition2039’, a roadmap to CO2-neutral mobility.
The company is evaluating ways to remove carbon from its entire value chain, from development to the supplier network, from its own production to the electrification of products and beyond, as well as to ensuring renewable energies for the use phase of electric vehicles.
Mercedez-Benz has a goal to have a CO2-neutral fleet of new cars in less than 20 years.
The company’s vehicle portfolio will comprise five fully electric models and more than 20 plug-in hybrids by the end of the year.
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Mercedez-Benz will have access to technologies, best practices and innovations in supply chain enhancements shared by other members of The Climate Pledge.
Ola Kallenius, the chairman of the board of management of Daimler and Mercedez-Benz, said: “At Mercedes-Benz, we have set ourselves the ambitious target to make the transformation of mobility a success story. By joining The Climate Pledge we are building on our goal to consistently pursue emission-free mobility and sustainable vehicle production.
“We stand with Amazon, Global Optimism and the other signatories of The Climate Pledge, in a commitment to being net zero carbon by 2040 – ten years ahead of The Paris Agreement. I am pleased that we will be able to gain even more momentum on our sustainability offensive with this step.”
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, adds: “We welcome the bold leadership demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz by signing up to The Climate Pledge and committing to ambitious action to address climate change. We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonise the transportation sector and tackle the climate crisis.
1,800 Mercedes-Benz EV’s added to Amazon’s delivery fleet
As part of the agreement, Bezos announced that Amazon is adding 1,800 electric delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz to their fleet, as part of their “journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and we will be moving fast to get these vans on the road this year.”
The delivery EVs will serve Amazon’s operations in Europe. The order is a milestone for Mercedes-Benz Vans, marking the largest order of electric vehicles for the manufacturer to date, and makes Amazon its largest sustainable transportation partner worldwide.
More than 1,200 EVs in the order will be comprised of the newest electric commercial van available at Mercedes-Benz – the eSprinter, a larger model than the manufacturer’s first zero-emission vehicle, the eVito.
The remaining 600 vehicles will be comprised of the manufacturer’s midsize electric van, the eVito, to give Delivery Service Partners operating in geographies that require a smaller-format vehicle access to a zero-emissions delivery option.
Amazon is also committed to powering its growing electric fleet with clean energy. As part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally and has committed to run on 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Globally, Amazon has 91 renewable energy projects that have the capacity to generate over 2,900 MW and deliver more than 7.5 million MWh of energy annually. These projects include 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe.