Daimler's production plants around the world cover a total area of around 5,200 hectares. This is the size of about 7,300 soccer pitches. Sixty five percent of this area is sealed by buildings and roads. As a limited public resource, floor space is used as efficiently as possible, for example by building densely with several floors. Outdoor areas within our plants are also designed to serve as a habitat for indigenous plants and animals. In this way, the company facilitates biodiversity even amidst the industrial architecture.
Biodiversity means variety within and between species as well as ecosystems. Daimler considers it a part of its corporate responsibility to operate in a way that conserves resources as much as possible in order to preserve the diversity of natural habitats for future generations while creating new ones. In this framework, the company has already instituted a number of measures in its plants aimed at preserving the ecological balance and will continue to do so in the future.
Daimler has created a biodiversity index (referred to as a biodiversity indicator) in order to assess and systematically develop the ecological quality of its existing areas. The viability of the biodiversity indicator has already been tested in several plants. In the future, this indicator will enable setting targets for the plant-specific environmental protection programs and clear evaluation of the progress that has been made.
Daimler is thus making an important contribution to the preservation of the diversity of species and ecosystems.
A large number of measures aimed at aligning the company's premises as closely as possible with nature have already been implemented at various plants, such as the development of sustainable greenfield concepts where the focus is on planning and renaturing undeveloped areas in cooperation with nature conservation organizations and the urban development authorities. This has resulted in the creation of spring flower lawns, areas edged by wild flowers in wild-flower meadows, and semi-shaded flower gardens. These measures are especially beneficial for wild bees.
Dry stone walls, wild bush hedgerows and stone gardens have also been created in certain plants. This enhances the availability of food for insects and plays an important role in preserving the diversity of species.
Various measures aimed at protecting certain bird species, some of which are endangered, have been instituted in partnership with bird protection centers.
An analysis of birds' breeding and nesting places can be used to derive the appropriate conservation measures in order to preserve and create habitats. This includes setting up species-specific nesting boxes (including for bats) and bird houses (including houses for multiple swallow pairs) as well as ringing peregrine falcons. Trainees, employees and neighbors are closely involved in the individual projects, for example by building and setting up wild bee hotels.
The implementation of measures aimed at aligning the planning of plant grounds with nature preserves and creates valuable habitats for plants and animals.