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 .
In recent months, Mercedes has launched numerous programs to improve its environmental impact and increase its diversity and inclusion efforts, notably with the Accelerate 25 program announced in 2020 to increase the proportion of female employees of the team up to 25. % in five years. Mercedes announced on Thursday that Accelerate 25 has seen the team’s women rise from 12% to 15% of its workforce and ethnic minority employees rise from 3% to 7%, while by June 2022, the 32% of new team members were from underrepresented groups.
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 for the 2030, including a 100% reduction in emissions, emissions caused, respectively, directly or indirectly by the team: by 2026.
Mercedes has also recently invested in sustainable aviation fuel to reduce emissions, a consequence of its operations, but not directly or indirectly emitted by the team. They also aim for a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030 and a 25% carbon elimination by 2030.
Finally, Mercedes’ second annual sustainability report details its charitable and community impact. The Silver Arrows have created a number of charity initiatives, community events and school awareness, with team members raising almost £75,000 towards their December 2022 target 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 have a responsibility to use this global platform to be more than leaders; we want to be pioneers”. commented Toto Wolff, director of the Mercedes team.
“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.”
“Whether it’s deploying our resources to drive technological advances that 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 the track, it’s in everything we do.”
“We are a team of problem solvers; and we set ambitions on how to be more sustainable in everything we do. We are at the beginning of this path, 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 successes we’ve achieved to date and the cutting-edge strategies we’ve committed to in the coming years.”
“What happens on the track is intimately linked to what happens outside, and that makes the whole team always go faster and further.”
In 2020, the Mercedes team received three-star environmental accreditation which is currently the highest level of certification in the FIA environmental accreditation programme.
Today we published our Annual Sustainability Report 💚
The report reflects the progress we have made as a team over the past 12 months to reduce our emissions, address diversity in motorsport and support our local communities👇
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) August 4, 2022