Climate Change


Brands and Associated Companies Mercedes Benz Smart Cars AMG Freight Liner
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Stuttgart, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies
Mercedes Benz, Smart Cars, AMG, Freight Liner
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Daimler appears to be opposing several strands of climate change regulation that impact the automotive sector. It was reportedly one of the few companies to have formally opposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in the United States in 2012, and in 2015 continued to object to proposed new CAFE regulations, emphasizing the costs to the consumer. Daimler has also been lobbying since 2014 against EU 2021 CO2 (g/km) standards, suggesting it is too tough and Daimler needs more time to meet the standards. Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, has supported the inclusion of the automotive sector in the EU ETS over GHG emissions standards in 2014, although also used this argument to justify its lack of support for CO2 emissions standards. Further in the 2015 revision of the ETS consultation, Daimler also advocated for measures that would decrease the stringency of the ETS, namely increased free allowances and the abolition of the Cross-Sectoral Correction Factor. In the same consultation it also cautioned against political interference around energy efficiency and renewable energy targets that could clash with ETS objectives. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is on the board of European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and is Vice President of the German Automotive Association (VDA), both trade associations oppose multiple strands of EU climate regulations and policy.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 1 NS -1 NS NS NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance NS NS NA NS NS 1 NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS -1 0 NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support NS NS NS -1 NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -2 NA -1 NA NA NA NS 2
Emissions Trading NS NS NS -2 1 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 0 NS NS -1 -1 1 NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS NS NS -1 NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 NS NS NS 0 1 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 NS 0 0 -1 -1 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships -1 NS -1 NA NA NA NS 2
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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.