Mercedes announces a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and an increase in factory involvement

Mercedes announces a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and an increase in factory involvement


Lewis Hamilton

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Mercedes announced this Thursday (4) that it has reduced carbon emissions (CO2) by more than 50%, with a significant increase in the presence of women and ethnic minorities working in the team.

Silver Arrows has launched several programs on diversity and inclusion in recent years. The main one, Accelerate 25, was announced in 2020, aiming to increase the number of female workers to 25% in five years. The announcement brought an important number: women at Mercedes rose from 12% to 15% of its workforce.

Another interesting fact is that employees from ethnic minorities have increased to 7% (from 3%). In June this year, 32% of new Mercedes members joined from other groups such as Mulberry Schools Trust, Stemettes, Association of Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers and new partners, Sutton Trust and the British Disability Association. The Ignite Corporation, founded by Lewis Hamilton in 2021, has also provided new hires to the German factory.

Toto Wolff said he would like to have Porsche and Audi as part of the F1 show (Image: Mercedes AMG-F1/Steve Etherington)

Mercedes’ sustainability report also stated that the team has exceeded its target of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2022, in conjunction with the zero carbon project, which aims to reduce 100% of Scope 1 and 2 emissions, caused by the team. directly or indirectly, until 2026.

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“Motor racing is about passion. And when we play the fastest and most powerful sport in the world, we have an obligation to use this global platform to be more than leaders: we want to be pioneers,” said team principal Toto Wolff. “Over the past few years, we have worked tirelessly to change and better understand the impact we have on the world. We are fully committed to sustainable high performance. This is the future for all of us.”

Wolff continued by talking about the work force made by Mercedes to adapt to the current world. “Whether it’s deploying our resources to drive technological advancements that will help society address the environmental challenges we face, or committing to increasing the diversity of our workforce and helping those in need in our communities, our passion isn’t just about the cars you see on the track, it’s in everything. what we do”.

The Ignite facility, founded by Hamilton, also produced new Mercedes registrants (Image: Mercedes)

Finally, Toto’s statement spoke of the desire to be more and more a sustainable team, not only on the tracks, but as a philosophy of the German factory. “We are at the beginning of this journey, but we are committed to achieving challenging goals because we want a sustainable tomorrow. I am proud of our team for the success we have achieved so far and the industry-leading strategies we are committed to in the coming years.”

Mercedes’ annual Sustainability Report finally detailed its impact on charity, helping the local community, based in Brackley, England. Around £75,000 (BRL 450,000) was raised through initiatives, community events and school outreach towards the target for December this year, which is £100,000 (BRL 600,000.00) for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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