Environmental priorities

Environmental responsibility is one part of sustainable transports
Efficient transport solutions is crucial to societal and economic development. At the same time, transportation has a negative impact on the environment in the form of emissions that contribute to climate change. The Volvo Group early recognized that we have a responsibility to reduce the negative environmental impact of our products as well as from production – a responsibility of highest importance to us.

Environmental care is a core value

"Environmental care" is one of the Volvo Group’s core values. In 1972, during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, we launched our first environmental position on mobility and the environment. Since then we have continuously communicated and trained employees and management on environmental responsibility issues. Today, environmental issues are an integral part of our vision, business strategy and daily work.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind. We believe that carbon dioxide neutral transport is not a utopian dream. Our long-term ambition is to make all our production plants carbon dioxide neutral.

We believe that carbon dioxide neutral transport is not a utopian dream.
The Volvo Group also takes the lead in focusing on energy-efficient transport solutions and renewable fuels. We focus on the products' "use-phase" to support our customers' competitiveness and minimize the negative impact. 

A holistic approach to environmental responsibility

The Volvo Group’s Environmental Policy is the foundation of our environmental work and includes four strategies:

  • Holistic approach – the environmental impact of products shall be assessed from a lifecycle perspective – from concept to disassembly
  • Continual improvement – environmental programs must be integrated and monitored in all operations
  • Technological development – environmental requirements are to be met through active research and development
  • Efficient resource utilization – the entire lifecycle of products and processes must be taken into account to ensure optimum resource utilization.

Strategic challenge

The Volvo Group’s environmental agenda identifies the most important environmental issues, prioritizing the projects that provide the most business value over a three-year period.

The process ensures that the agenda is focusing on the most relevant issues. The current areas included are:

  • Energy efficiency – high efficiency in products and production
  • Climate change – high fuel efficiency in products and low emissions for all transport work
  • Climate change – our long-term ambition is to make all production sites carbon dioxide neutral
  • Renewable fuels – solutions for alternatively fuelled power trains and products
  • Communication – communicating environmental features to the market and society.

Anti-greenwash

In 2011, the Volvo Group developed a directive on how to communicate about environmentally-enhanced products such as hybrid solutions and vehicles that can operate on renewable fuels. The purpose is to ensure that our communication about the environmental performance of our products is true and not misleading our customers and other stakeholders.