WWF Climate Savers

Credit: Bernard De Wetter / WWF-Canon


WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected environmental organizations, whose vision is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

WWF’s Climate Savers Program involves multinational companies in the effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. These companies pledge to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions pursuant to an agreement between WWF and the company. The results are 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.

The Volvo Group became the world’s first manufacturer in the automotive industry to be approved by WWF to participate in the Climate Savers Program in 2010, in an agreement whereby the Group’s truck brands committed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from production facilities and trucks manufactured from 2009 to 2014.

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 2012 Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Bus Cooperation also joined the Climate Savers program, and Volvo Group’s joint-venture company, SDLG, which manufactures construction equipment in China, became the first Chinese company to be approved as a partner of the program.

The objective for the Volvo Group is to reduce the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted by trucks, construction equipment and buses manufactured by the Group by more than 30 million tons by 2014, compared with vehicles manufactured in 2008.

As part of the commitment, Volvo Construction Equipment will prepare a new prototype with considerably improved fuel efficiency, compared with existing models and Volvo Buses will expand the number of field tests with plug-in hybrid buses. The plug-in technology has excellent fuel-savings potential for city buses.

The agreement between the Volvo Group and WWF also states that:

  • The Volvo Group will develop a new truck prototype with 20 percent lower fuel consumption than a corresponding truck manufactured in 2008.
  • Prior to 2014, the Volvo Group will offer commercial trucks that operate on renewable gas.
  • The Volvo Group will reduce carbon dioxide ­emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent) before 2014, compared with 2008.

Independent technical experts will verify that the Volvo Group is complying with its commitments.

Volvo Group’s joint-venture company SDLG became the first Chinese company to be approved as a partner of the program.

Half-time results

The Volvo Group communicated its half-time results for the period of 2009–2011 and is ahead of target.

The carbon dioxide emissions from the Group’s facilities in 2011 were 16 percent lower than in 2008. They were reduced by 0.3 million tons between 2009 and 2011, which already exceeds the goal for the whole period from 2009–2014. The total lifetime emissions of the Group’s products were reduced by 18 million tons, with a goal of 30 million tons by 2014.

Volvo Ocean Race seminars

During 2012 the Volvo Group organized seminars together with WWF to talk about the Climate Savers Program and the Volvo Group’s commitment with the purpose to inspire others. The seminars took place in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Miami (US) and Lisbon (Portugal) during the Volvo Ocean Race event and were attended by customers, business partners and government representatives.

The carbon dioxide emissions from the Group’s facilities in 2011 were reduced by 0.3 million tons between 2009 and 2011, which already exceeds the goal for the whole period from 2009–2014.