Volvo Factory In Sweden Becomes Completely Carbon Neutral

Added: 07 February 2018

Volvo Factory In Sweden Becomes Completely Carbon Neutral

Volvo linked up with the local district heating network in Skövde in Sweden, which has helped their engine factory achieve zero carbon status. The factory is one of very few in Europe to be carbon neutral and Volvo’s first. Volvo is aiming to have entirely carbon neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.

Javier Varela, Head of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars, said: “Improving energy efficiency is our first priority and then, for the energy we need to use, we aim for supplies generated from renewable sources. The Skövde plant achievement is an important addition to our broader efforts in minimising our environmental footprint. We are pleased to be a leader within the automotive industry in the move towards climate-neutral manufacturing.”

Since the switch, the factory has been heated with energy from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-fuels. 

Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability at Volvo Cars, said: “Environmental care is one of our core values. Along with our plan to electrify all new Volvo cars launched from 2019, climate-neutral manufacturing operations will significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint, supporting global efforts to tackle climate change.”

Aside from the factory in Sweden, Volvo’s production plant in Ghent, Belgium, introduced a similar renewable heating system that reduced carbon emissions from the facility by up to 40%, saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Javier Varela added, “We will continue to work actively with our energy suppliers in all regions to secure further access to renewable energy for our manufacturing plants.”

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