15 Nov 2020


Mercedes-Benz AG states it will fulfil its responsibility as part of the sustainability offensive and for its batteries only will use cobalt and lithium sourced exclusively from certified mines. It makes Mercedes-Benz AG a pioneer for the first cross-industry mining standard “Standard for Responsible Mining” of the “Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance”. The German company says “responsibly mined and processed raw materials provide the foundation for a sustainable Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle fleet”.

Currently, the focus is particularly on the battery raw materials cobalt and lithium. The announced measures are according to Mercedes-Benz, “a comprehensive approach across the whole battery technology chain - from research and development to series production”. “In the coming generations of battery cells, the cobalt content is already being reduced to less than ten percent. In the future, we want to use post-lithium-ion technologies with new material compositions to completely dispense with materials such as cobalt. The further optimization of recyclability and its implementation at Mercedes-Benz is also part of the holistic battery strategy,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG; responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO.

Based on the insights gained, we will instruct our battery suppliers to only source cobalt and lithium from certified mining sites in the future. With this, we even go a step further and will ensure our sourcing is from mining sites compliant with the mining standard of the 'Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance'. This way, in addition to child labor and a range of other social concerns, environmental risks in the mining of raw materials can also be minimized. By doing so, we are paving the way for clean raw materials, from which other participants in the market can also benefit", said Markus Schäfer. "Going forward, we will only work with suppliers who agree to comply with these requirements."

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