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Environmental care is one of the Volvo Group’s core values. The Group was one of the first companies in the world to have an environmental management system certified according to ISO 14001 and today all but two production facilities are certified.
In 1972 during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, the Volvo Group launched its first environmental position on Mobility and the environment. Since then, training of employees and managers on environmental responsibility issues have been conducted continuously. Today environmental issues are an integral part of the Volvo Group’s vision, business strategy and daily work. The work of implementing environmental management systems covers the Volvo Group’s processes, including product development, purchasing, distribution and service.
The Volvo Group has production sites in 18 countries. Regardless of size and location, all of the production units must comply with the Group’s minimum requirements for environmental performance and have an improvement program. The requirements include monitoring of energy consumption, waste levels and emissions to air and water, as well as specifying maximum emission levels to air and water.
In accordance with Volvo Group’s global environmental standard for production plants, all production facilities shall define environmental goals and follow up on these, implement environmental management system assessing the environmental impact of new projects and examine ways of reducing such impact, and apply the Group’s environmental requirements to suppliers and contractors.
Today 97 percent of the production is certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
As part of its commitment under the WWF Climate Savers Program, the Volvo Group has pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent) before 2014, compared with 2008.
In 2012 net sales declined by 2 percent and the number of delivered products declined which has affected the Group’s emissions, energy consumption and use of resources.