- Further step in becoming a C02 neutral plant
- Plant to be powered 100% by green energy by the end of 2022
- First plant in Mercedes-Benz AG to utilize renewable natural gas
Charleston, SC, USA – Mercedes-Benz Vans (MBV) is committed to building solutions that enrich people’s lives while protecting the environment with sustainable solutions that either reduce or mitigate any environmental impacts. The MBV Charleston Plant recently celebrated being the site of the first renewable natural gas (RNG) project in South Carolina by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. MBV utilizes RNG throughout its Charleston plant for various processes like maintaining building temperature and humidity levels as well as in the operations of its Paint Shop, completed during the 2018 expansion, to heat and maintain the temperature of water used. The consumption of the water at specific, pre-defined temperatures is important for the effectiveness of the processes within the Paint Shop. With the use of renewable natural gas MBV is making a big impact in reducing our environmental footprint while displacing the need for fossil natural gas. The renewable natural gas is converted by GreenGasUSA from methane emissions at the McCall Farms commercial vegetable cannery in Effingham, South Carolina. The employment of RNG to operate equipment with renewable energy is an important step in MBV’s sustainability journey to use green production practices and technologies to offset carbon emissions.
“At MBV Charleston sustainability is a core pillar in our plant strategy,” said Axel Bense, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC. “We are proud to continue making strides towards our goal of producing vans in a sustainable manner and becoming CO2 neutral. Not only are we the first RNG project in the state of South Carolina, we are also the first plant in Mercedes-Benz AG to utilize RNG.”
From the very beginning of operations in Charleston the sustainable treatment of the environment has been made a priority. MBV looks forward to helping further enhance our environmental footprint by producing the next generation eSprinter, coming in the second half of 2023, CO2 neutral and as of 2022, having all Mercedes-Benz Vans production plants worldwide be 100% powered by green energy, creating a positive contribution for the community and future generations.