Mercedes announces a reduction of more than 50% in CO2 emissions and a significant increase in the female and ethnic minority workforce
Mercedes revealed that it has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 50% and increased the number of female team members to 15% of its workforce, as part of its ongoing sustainability and diversity efforts.
The Silver Arrows have launched numerous programs to improve their environmental impact and diversity and inclusion efforts over the past few years, including Accelerate 25 which was announced in 2020 to increase the proportion of female employees on the team to 25 % within five years.
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And the team announced on Thursday that Accelerate 25 saw female team members increase from 12% to 15% of its workforce and ethnic minority employees increase from 3% to 7%, while until June 2022, 32% of new team members had joined underrepresented groups.
Additionally, Mercedes continues to work with the Mulberry Schools Trust, the Stemettes, the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers and new partners the Sutton Trust and the British Disability Forum – while Lewis Hamilton has announced the formation of its partnership charity, Ignite, last year. .
The team’s sustainability report also states that Mercedes has exceeded its ambition to reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2022. They continue to aim for a net zero carbon footprint by 2030, including a reduction of 100% of scope 1 and 2 emissions – directly caused emissions respectively. or indirectly by the team – by 2026.
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Mercedes recently invested in sustainable aviation fuel to reduce scope 3 emissions – a consequence of their operations, but not directly or indirectly emitted by the team. They also target a 75% reduction in Scope 3 emissions by 2030 and a 25% carbon removal by 2030.
Finally, Mercedes’ second annual sustainability report details its charitable and community impact. The Silver Arrows have supported their local community and local council through charity initiatives, community events and school outreach, with team members raising almost £75,000 towards their December 2022 goal of £100,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Motor racing is fueled by passion. We operate in the fastest and most dynamic sport in the world and we have a responsibility 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.
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“Whether it’s deploying our resources to drive technological advances that will help society address the environmental challenges we face, or committing to increasing the diversity of our workforce and supporting people in need in our local communities, our passion isn’t just in the cars you see on track, it’s in everything we do.
“We are a team of problem solvers; and we set ambitions on how to become more sustainable in everything we do. We are at the beginning of this journey, but we are committed to extremely ambitious goals because we are all in the race towards a sustainable future. I’m very proud of our team for the accomplishments we’ve made so far and the cutting-edge strategies we’ve committed to in the years to come.
“What happens on the track is inextricably linked to what happens in the outside world, and that drives the whole team to always go faster and further.”