Environmental management

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The Volvo Group has a minimum standard for emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and solvents stating that no oil and coal shall be used for heating purposes.

Emissions of sulphur dioxide decreased from 34 tons in 2011 to approximately 26 tons in 2012.

The amount of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions are largely affected by the use of energy for heating. Emissions of sulphur dioxide decreased from 34 tons in 2011 to approximately 26 tons in 2012. The availability of low sulphur fuels determines the emissions. Nitrogen oxides decreased from 474 tons to 413 tons. Relative to net sales, emissions of both nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide emissions decreased. The strategy to decrease emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides involves using low-sulphur fuels and/or purification equipment. Nitrogen oxides are very much dependent on the use of energy and amount of product testing.

Emissions of organic solvents stem mainly from painting and surface treatment processes, and is a high priority issue that is subject to regulatory control in most countries. Solvent emissions totaled 2,358 tons in 2012, representing a slight decrease of 196 tons. Emissions of solvents also decreased in relation to net sales. The minimum standard is that all plants shall work continuously to reduce solvent emissions.