For Immediate Release
October 20, 2009
Pew Center Contact: Tom Steinfeldt, (703) 516-4146
Daimler Contact: Han Tjan, (212) 909-9063
DAIMLER JOINS PEW CENTER’S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today that Daimler has joined the Pew Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council  (BELC) and its efforts to address global climate change.
“With the transportation sector accounting for more than one-quarter of U.S. emissions, the automobile industry has a critical role to play in helping to advance our clean energy future,” said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. “We welcome Daimler to the BELC and look forward to working with them to secure mandatory climate and energy policy solutions that deliver a cleaner way forward for transportation.”
Daimler is a leading supplier of premium automobiles and the world’s biggest manufacturer of heavy and medium trucks, with a wide range of first-class trucks, vans and buses. With over 273,000 employees throughout the world, including 22,476 in the United States, Daimler reported annual revenues of $135 billion.
As part of its environmental commitment, Daimler developed a roadmap for sustainable mobility with a three-point emphasis: further improving the conventional drive systems, developing hybrid concepts and enhancing fuel efficiency, as well as zero-emission driving with battery-powered or fuel cell vehicles. Daimler has also committed to lowering CO2 emissions from production operations to result in 20 percent lower specific emissions in 2015 as compared to 2007.
“At Daimler, we are committed to developing future-oriented, sustainable solutions for the automotive sector in spite of challenging economic conditions,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler AG Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Sustainability continues to be the basic principle that governs our business operations, which is why we are looking forward to collaborating with the Pew Center and the BELC to encourage innovation and technological transformation for all industries.”
The BELC was established by the Pew Center in 1998, a leader in helping these and other major corporations integrate climate change into their business strategies. The BELC is comprised of mainly Fortune 500 companies representing a diverse group of industries including energy, automobiles, manufacturing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals, mining, paper and forest products, consumer goods and appliances, telecommunications, and high technology. Individually and collectively, these companies are demonstrating that it is possible to take action to address climate change while maintaining competitive excellence, growth, and profitability. The BELC is the largest U.S.-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change, with 46 companies representing over $2 trillion in combined revenue and more than4 million employees.
The other members of the BELC are: ABB; Air Products; Alcoa Inc.; Alstom; American Electric Power; Bank of America; BASF; Baxter International Inc.; The Boeing Company; BP; California Portland Cement; CH2M HILL; Citi; CME; Cummins Inc.; Dow Chemical Company, Deere & Company; Deutsche Telekom; DTE Energy; Duke Energy; DuPont; Entergy; Exelon; GE; Hewlett-Packard Company; Holcim (US) Inc.; IBM; Intel; Interface Inc.; Johnson Controls Inc., Lockheed Martin; Marsh, Inc.; Novartis; Ontario Power Generation; PG&E Corporation; PNM Resources; Rio Tinto; Royal Dutch/Shell; SC Johnson; Toyota; TransAlta; United Technologies; Weyerhaeuser; Whirlpool Corporation; and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.
For more information about global climate change and the activities of the Pew Center and the BELC, visit www.c2es.org .
The Pew Center was established in May 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.