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With solar power and other green energy alternatives, the Volvo Group is working on making its dealerships carbon dioxide-neutral. The first carbon dioxide-neutral dealership was presented in Verona, Italy in 2008. Solar panels on the roof of the building produce energy for the entire Volvo Trucks facility, and since more energy is produced than needed, the surplus is sold as green energy. The ambition is for more dealers to follow this initiative.
To reach this ambition the Group looks at two different dimensions. The first one is to reduce the energy consumption of the dealerships and the second one is to increase the use of renewable energy.
The first carbon dioxide-neutral dealership was presented in Verona, Italy in 2008. The ambition is for more dealers to follow this initiative.
Since 2008 two comprehensive energy mappings were done for Volvo Trucks dealers in the UK and Sweden to evaluate the energy saving potential. The mapping is a detailed study conducted on site by in-house energy experts that review the heating and electricity use (lighting, compressed air, office equipment, ventilation and cooling) for a period of one year. The survey results suggested an average energy saving potential of 30 percent.
In 2012 the Volvo Group established a reporting system to gather environmental data from approximately 300 owned Volvo Trucks dealerships in Europe. The system reports two types of figures: the energy consumption in MWh and energy cost in Euro. The aim is to analyze the data in order to find ways to reduce the energy consumption by using the experience of the Group’s production facilities and to extend the reporting to dealers outside of Europe as well as independent dealers.
The Verona dealer has been followed by dealers using wood pellets for heating in Switzerland and solar panels for warm water in Slovakia.
In addition to reducing energy consumption, the Volvo Group also aims to increase the usage of energy from renewable sources in the dealership network. The Verona dealer was the first example using solar panels for generating electricity. This has been followed by dealers using wood pellets for heating in Switzerland and solar panels for warm water in Slovakia.
All the Volvo Group owned dealers work according to the Volvo Group environmental requirements for dealers and towards fulfilling the ISO 14001 standard. This means that they receive, for example, detailed instructions on how used oils and other fluids are to be handled.