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July 16, 2021

Daimler/Mercedes award Big River Steel

Increasing focus on steel CO2 emissions.

By Simon Warburton

Daimler and Mercedes-Benz have recognised American supplier, Big River Steel (BRS), for sustainable production of the material.

By using recycled scrap and renewable energy, Big River Steel is able to reduce COemissions for Mercedes-Benz products in steel manufacturing by more than 70% compared to the traditional blast furnace.

In addition, the partner has set up a closed cycle, in which the sheet-steel off-cuts generated during production are fully recycled.

The Big River Steel plant in Osceola, Arkansas, is the first steel production facility to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

“We are well on track for executing our sustainable business strategy,” said Daimler and Mercedes-Benz chairman, Ola Källenius.

“In close cooperation with our suppliers, we sharpened our focus on sustainability along the entire supply chain. Together we want to keep exceeding the expectations of our customers by taking technology, quality, and sustainability to a new level.”

Emission-free mobility is a corporate goal for Daimler. To this end, the company is pushing ahead with the process of transformation, in tandem with suppliers and other partners.

The car manufacturer awards special achievements on the part of its suppliers in the interests of sustainability:

Other nominees were:

  • Pöppelmann – the medium-sized plastics processing company from Germany is working intensively on the development of a sustainable material loop and a 100% post-consumer recyclate, which meets quality standards. In addition, the moulding technique saves 10% weight during production, making plastic more sustainable as a lightweight material
  • Sansera – The Indian supplier achieved significant COsavings through a partial switch to solar and wind energy. In addition, the company has carried out numerous projects to protect the environment at its site. This commitment is also  noteworthy because companies in India can take advantage of longer implementation periods with respect to the Paris Climate Agreement

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