Environmental management

In this chapter:

In an effort to improve material efficiency, resource usage and accounting for waste related to specific raw materials, a system for assessing key material usage was implemented in 2009.

The Volvo Group’s minimum requirements on production plants includes implementation of measures to reduce the quantity of waste, increase reuse, material recycling and energy recovery as well as reduce the quantity of waste consigned to landfill.

Waste is usually classified as either hazardous or non-hazardous, although definitions vary from country to country and change over time. Although the Volvo Group’s total amount of waste has decreased over time, changes in definitions have resulted in an increase in the amount of hazardous waste in recent years. The total amount of hazardous waste in 2012 was 32,547 tons, compared with 25,943 tons in 2011. A significant part (56 percent) of this increase is due to off-site treatment of hazardous industrial water emulsions at the refurbishment of the internal treatment plant for industrial waste water at the Skövde engine plant and due to new legal definitions of hazardous waste.

The Volvo Group’s minimum requirements on production plants includes sorting and quantifying all waste at the source and implementation of measures to reduce the quantity of waste, increase reuse, material recycling and energy recovery as well as reduce the quantity of waste consigned to landfill.