Environmental management

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In 2012 emissions of carbon dioxide from Volvo Group’s production facilities decreased from 255,000 tons to 234,800 tons.

The Group’s long-term ambition is to make all production facilities carbon dioxide-neutral, which means only having facilities using energy produced from renewable sources, for example solar, hydro, wind and biomass.

Since May 2011 Volvo Penta’s engine plant in Vara, Sweden has been powered without using any fossil fuel and is considered to be carbon dioxide-neutral. Volvo Trucks’ plant in Tuve, Sweden also became carbon dioxide-neutral in 2011.

Volvo Trucks presented the automotive industry’s first carbon dioxide-neutral plant in Ghent, Belgium in 2007. The plant invested in wind power and a biofuel plant to produce electricity and heat, which resulted in an annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 10,000 tons.

Since May 2011 Volvo Penta’s engine plant in Vara, Sweden has been powered without using any fossil fuel and is considered to be carbon dioxide-neutral. Volvo Trucks’ plant in Tuve, Sweden also became carbon dioxide-neutral in 2011.

The focus for the coming year on identifying more energy savings outside production hours will continue. This includes for example optimizing ventilation and lighting, to avoid unnecessary use.