Greenhouse gas emissions

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

In 2013, carbon emissions from the Volvo Group’s production facilities increased from 234,800 tons to 279,900 tons. This is partly due to a plant in China which is still using fossil energy.

Carbon-neutral production

Volvo Trucks’ plant in Ghent, Belgium, became the automotive industry’s first carbon-neutral production facility in 2007. The plant invested in wind power and a biofuel plant to produce electricity and heat, resulting in an annual reduction in CO2 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 neutral. Volvo Trucks’ plant in Tuve, Sweden, also became carbon neutral in 2011.

Our long-term ambition is to make all our production facilities carbon neutral

Carbon-neutral Braås facility

The Volvo Construction Equipment’s factory in Braås, Sweden, produces articulated haulers. It was certified carbon neutral at the end of December 2013, becoming the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by biomass and hydropower.

This was the culmination of collaborative efforts that began back in 1999 and involved the local energy supplier, Växjö Energi AB, Volvo Group employees and the local community. Carbon neutrality has been achieved by switching heating and burners from gas to renewable electricity supplies and substituting diesel forklifts with electromobility models.