Transports and logistics
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The Volvo Group aims at reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide from the transportation of the goods to and from the Volvo Group plants, as well as from business travel.
Between 2009 and 2011, emissions of carbon dioxide from road, rail and sea transportation of goods to and from the Volvo Group’s plants were reduced by 18 percent.
In 2011 88 percent of the major transport suppliers were certified in accordance with the environmental standard ISO 14001 or equivalent. Data for 2012 will be presented during the second quarter of 2013.
Social and ethical requirements are also included in supplier requirements specifications, in accordance with the Group’s requirements.
The Volvo Group requires suppliers of road transportation to comply with engine class requirements and have their drivers trained in fuel efficient driving. These requirements are followed up by an annual supplier survey.
The data from the 2011 survey shows that 57 percent of the trucks used in Europe are compliant with Euro V, 21 percent with Euro IV and 22 percent with Euro III. In North America, 22 percent are US07, 9 percent US04 and 68 percent US98 engine classified. In South America, 3 percent of the trucks are Euro IV, 86 percent Euro III and 10 percent Euro II engine classified. And in Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Korea and Australia), 32 percent of the trucks are Euro IV, 54 percent Euro III and 14 percent Euro II engine classified.
A significant portion of the Volvo Group’s transports is conveyed by sea. Since 2010 all contracted sea carriers are required to report the environmental impact of each of their vessels.
The Volvo Group is a member of the Clean Shipping Index – a network of large export and import companies in Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands.
The aim for the Clean Shipping Index is to enhance environmental development in the maritime industry by providing buyers of sea transport with a tool to evaluate the environmental performance of ships and shipping companies.
The Volvo Group’s objective is to maintain the same level of emissions per tonkilometer for goods transported on rail overtime. 2011 showed a small increase in emissions from rail.