A holistic approach

The above model outlines the three dimensions of sustainable transport solutions. It is in the intersection – where the circles meet – that transport is made sustainable and ultimately the Volvo Group’s vision is achieved.

The Volvo Group defines sustainable transport solutions as solutions that improve the short and long-term economic and environmental performance while also taking social impact into consideration.

Sustainable transport solutions can be achieved by providing:

  1. The right product or service in order to contribute to high productivity in the transport system.
  2. Energy-efficient transport solutions with very low emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and noise.
  3. Safe and secure transport solutions.

1. The right product and service for high ­productivity

The aim is to provide the right products and services to achieve energy-efficient transport and attain high productivity in the transport system. The end user of the products and their customers expect reliable and cost-effective transport services. The Volvo Group strives to increase the market for sustainable products by developing commercially viable customer offerings. By promoting the most energy-­efficient product available today, such as hybrids, reduced environmental impacts and lower operational costs are delivered to customers. This is one important path on the transformation towards sustainable transport systems.

2. Energy-efficient transport solutions

The Volvo Group strives to provide products that enable more transport work using less resources. It is in the use phase of the products that most advances can be made to increase efficiency. The focus is thus on reducing the environmental impact of products in use by developing:

  • energy-efficient vehicles and services
  • hybrid drivelines
  • vehicles that can be operated on alternative and renewable fuel

Attitudes and behavior are important factors for efficient and sustainable transports. The customers are therefore offered services and solutions that help them use the products and conduct their operations in the most efficient way possible.

There is an increased demand for security and safety equipment to protect the driver, vehicle and goods as well as people surrounding the vehicle like pedestrians, cyclists and other road users

3. Safe and secure transport solutions

As transports increase, traffic safety becomes increasingly important. There is an increased demand for security and safety equipment to protect the driver, vehicle and goods as well as people surrounding the vehicle like pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Modern technology enables protection in an efficient manner.

The Volvo Group’s research and development focuses on active and passive safety solutions. For example, research is conducted on solutions and systems that help by giving warnings if the driver is losing attention, and communicate with other parts of society in order to increase overall safety.