Fuel consumption and exhaust emissions
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Climate change is very much a global issue which requires global action. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 50–80 percent between 2000 and 2050 if we are to avoid the most serious consequences of climate change.
Research shows that transport is responsible for approximately 13 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. Goods movement on roads accounts for about four percent globally.
For this reason the Volvo Group puts significant effort into developing products running on alternative fuels, or with significantly reduced fuel consumption. The target for 2014 is to reduce the total lifetime emissions of the Group’s products by 30 million tons (with 2008 as a baseline). Between 2009 and 2011, the reduction amounts to 18 million tons. This is part of the Volvo Group’s commitment within the WWF Climate Savers Program. Read more about this commitment under Society Engagement.