STUTTGART, Germany, September 18, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mercedes-Benz signs an agreement with Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) to source more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2-reduced steel annually for its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, marking another crucial milestone towards decarbonizing its global steel supply chain. SDI steel will be made using an electric arc furnace (EAF) and will use electricity from 100% renewable sources. With EAFs powered by green electricity, emissions can be reduced more than half to 1.0-tonne CO2 per tonne steel on average compared to primary steel production which uses blast furnaces and basic oxygen furnaces. In doing so, SDI and Mercedes-Benz, which have been working together since 2015, go a step further towards lowering emissions in the steel supply chain.
SDI flat rolled steel made of 70% or greater recycled scrap content is being used in all Mercedes-Benz models built in Tuscaloosa, including the EQS SUV and EQE SUV. Both parties agreed to potentially increase the share of scrap in the near future, which would reduce the carbon footprint even further. The CO2-reduced steel from SDI is being introduced into series production at Tuscaloosa plant as early as September 2023.
In line with the company’s local-for-local approach, the supply agreement in the United States is part of a global effort to decarbonizing the Mercedes-Benz steel supply chain and follows several agreements on the procurement of CO2-reduced and almost CO2-free steel in Europe. For more information click here.
"Our ambition is clear: Together with our partners we want to make our entire fleet of new vehicles net carbon-neutral along the entire value chain by 2039. Following this strategy our agreement with SDI to procure more than 50,000 tonnes CO2-reduced steel annually is another important milestone to establish a sustainable steel supply chain in North America."
Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, Head of Procurement & Supplier Quality Mercedes-Benz Cars
Actively pursuing a responsible and sustainable supply chain
In addition to consistently reducing CO₂-emissions, the company is committed to responsible steel sourcing, relying on recognized standards and robust certificates. Mercedes-Benz is a member of the Responsible Steel Initiative and is actively involved in the development of a certifiable sustainability standard for the steel industry. The aim is to ensure environmentally compatible and socially acceptable steel production along the entire value chain.
Mercedes-Benz has set itself the target of making its fleet of new vehicles net carbon-neutral over the vehicles’ entire life cycle by 2039. When it comes to sustainability, the company is focused on the consistent reduction of CO₂ emissions as well as the preservation of resources. In 2020, Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans sent out an ambition letter to suppliers of production materials. This was a declaration of intent on the supply of net carbon-neutral products and established prior approval as a prerequisite for awarding contracts. Suppliers representing almost 90% of Mercedes-Benz's annual purchasing volume have already signed the letter, among them many steel suppliers.
The vehicle manufacturer’s "Design for Environment" approach takes resource preservation from the very earliest stages of product development into account. Together with its partners, Mercedes-Benz is researching more sustainable material technologies and working intensively towards circularity.
About Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) is one of the largest domestic steel producers and metal recyclers in North America, with one of the most diversified product and end-market portfolios in the domestic steel industry. SDI operates using a circular manufacturing model, producing lower-carbon-emission, high-quality steel using electric arc furnace (EAF) technology with recycled ferrous scrap as the primary input. The company puts a focus on the future and set a goal for their EAF steel mill operations to be carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve this target, they also set interim emissions reduction and renewable energy milestones to be achieved by 2025 and 2030. Steel Dynamics is a founding member of the Global Steel Climate Council, which was created to lead an effort to reduce steel carbon emissions and encourage investments in lower-carbon emission technology through product certification and a science-based target-setting framework. steeldynamics.com
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Mercedes-Benz AG at a glance
Mercedes‑Benz AG is part of the Mercedes‑Benz Group AG with a total of around 170,000 employees worldwide and is responsible for the global business of Mercedes‑Benz Cars and Mercedes‑Benz Vans. Ola Källenius is Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes‑Benz AG. The company focuses on the development, production and sales of passenger cars, vans and vehicle-related services. Furthermore, the company aspires to be the leader in the fields of electric mobility and vehicle software. The product portfolio comprises the Mercedes‑Benz brand with the brands of Mercedes‑AMG, Mercedes‑Maybach, Mercedes‑EQ, G‑Class as well as products of the smart brand. The Mercedes me brand offers access to the digital services from Mercedes‑Benz. Mercedes‑Benz AG is one of the world's largest manufacturers of luxury passenger cars. In 2022 it sold around two million passenger cars and 415,300 vans. In its two business segments, Mercedes‑Benz AG is continually expanding its worldwide production network with around 35 production sites on four continents, while gearing itself to meet the requirements of electric mobility. At the same time, the company is constructing and extending its global battery production network on three continents. As sustainability is the guiding principle of the Mercedes‑Benz strategy and for the company itself, this means creating lasting value for all stakeholders: for customers, employees, investors, business partners and society as a whole. The basis for this is the sustainable business strategy of the Mercedes‑Benz Group. The company thus takes responsibility for the economic, ecological and social effects of its business activities and looks at the entire value chain.
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