During 2012 Volvo CE and Volvo Buses joined the Volvo Group’s cooperation with WWF Climate Savers. The cooperation is based on the Volvo Group’s commitment to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 million tons from construction equipment, buses and trucks manufactured through 2014 compared to a baseline of 2008. The Volvo Group’s company, SDLG, becomes the first-ever Chinese company to be a member of Climate Savers.
Climate Savers involves multinational companies in the battle to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. The results will be reviewed by independent technical experts. The agreed target must be more ambitious than the company would have set on its own, and must also signify that the company is leading its sector in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In autumn 2010, the Volvo Group became the world’s first automotive manufacturer to join Climate Savers.
In addition, Volvo Buses has also committed to expand the number of field tests with plug-in hybrid buses during the commitment period. The plug-in technology has excellent fuel-savings potential for city buses. During the development of fuel-saving technology, Volvo Construction Equipment will prepare a new prototype with additionally improved fuel performance, compared with existing models.
The agreement between Volvo and WWF also states that:
- Volvo will develop a new truck prototype with 20% lower fuel consumption than a corresponding truck manufactured in 2008.
- Prior to 2014, Volvo will offer the commercial market trucks that operate on renewable gas.
- The Volvo Group will also reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12%) before 2014, compared with 2008.
Read more in the Volvo Sustainability Report 2012.