WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected environmental organizations. Its Climate Savers Program involves multinational companies in the effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Each company pledges to reduce its emissions following an agreement made with WWF. The results are reviewed by independent 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 2010, the Volvo Group became the world’s first automotive industry manufacturer approved by WWF to participate in the program. In 2012, Volvo CE and Volvo Buses joined. Volvo Group’s SDLG became the first Chinese company to be approved.
In the agreement Volvo Group is committed to reducing:
- the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by the Group’s trucks, construction equipment and buses by more than 30 million tons by 2014, compared with vehicles manufactured in 2008
- CO2 emissions from our production plants by 0.2 million tons (12%) before 2014, compared with 2008.
Our agreement also states that:
- the Volvo Group will develop a new truck prototype with 20% lower fuel consumption than a corresponding truck manufactured in 2008 and offer commercial trucks that operate on renewable gas before 2014
- Volvo CE will prepare a new prototype with considerably improved fuel efficiency compared with existing models
- Volvo Buses will expand the number of field tests with plug-in hybrid buses.
Five out of the six years of the program are completed. Results for the period 2009-2012 (figures for 2013 will be available in June 2014) indicate that the Volvo Group is already ahead of target in key areas:
- CO2 emissions from the Group's facilities have bben reduced by 0.3 million tons, making them 13% lower than in 2008
- total lifetime emissions of the Group’s products have been reduced by 29 million tons.
WWF and Volvo Group frequently meet to discuss environmental issues. During 2013 WWF participated in the Logistik & Transport trade fair in Gothenburg, Sweden with the aim to give visitors WWF's view on Volvo Group products’ environmental performance.
WWF also took part in a round table discussion with Volvo CE’s key customers. The idea was to give the customers an objective assessment of Volvo CE’s environmental improvements.
During 2013 WWF Sweden visited Volvo CE in Eskilstuna and WWF US visited Volvo CE in Shippensburg to learn more and to discuss environmental aspects of our products and our production. At the WWF Climate Savers annual meeting in Mexico City, Volvo Mexico was invited to demonstrate hybrid buses and Bus Rapid Transit solutions.