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How Volvo Group has promised to fight climate changeThe Volvo Group renewed its partnership with a new ambitious commitment to WWF´s Climate Savers programme. In addition to reducing emissions from products and production, Volvo is driving the development toward reducing carbon-dioxide emissions throughout the transport sector.
The Volvo Group was the first vehicle manufacturer providing transport solutions for trucks, buses and construction equipment to join WWF´s Climate Savers program in two steps, 2010 and 2012. It involves multinational companies in the battle to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. These companies pledge to reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions pursuant to an agreement between the WWF and the company. The results will be reviewed by independent technical experts.
In addition to a promise to drastically reduce emissions from vehicles and production during the 2015 to 2020 period, Volvo will implement a number of activities aimed at accelerating the development toward lower and ultimately zero carbon emissions throughout the transport and construction sector.
The commitment includes:
- A reduction of emissions from products and production by at least 40 Million tons of CO2 by 2020 compared with 2013.
- Investigation of the possibility to build a carbon-neutral plant for automotive manufacture in Asia.
- Developing a truck prototype with substantially lower fuel consumption compared with a corresponding truck today.
- Volvo CE will develop and through field-tests demonstrate technologies with considerably better fuel efficiency improvements than demonstrated in the prior commitment period. Volvo CE estimates the new prototypes to be at least 30% better than a standard 2013 year model, if new technology meets expectations.
- Starting up a so-called CityMobility concept in at least five cities. CityMobility is the collective term for an offering in which Volvo Buses collaborates with cities and regions to find the best and most energy-efficient public transport solution. One example is to plan for the infrastructure required for electric city buses.
- Encourage and help ten selected suppliers to improve energy efficiency.
- Hosting the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) that aims to create a dialogue with construction industry representatives, academics and politicians, as well as providing funding for new research and share existing knowledge and resources to help the industry make a difference for generations to come.
Our commitment to WWF will generate concrete progress, and demonstrate that we are serious about our emissions reductions efforts that harmonize with our vision of sustainable and zero emission transportation in the future. Climate Savers imposes very high demand on the Volvo Group, and we are proud to be able to continue the cooperation,”
The transport sector has a very large impact on the climate. As part of a broader strategy to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, voluntary initiatives from businesses are very important. The Volvo Group’s commitments are a good example of how the transport sector can and should bring down its emissions across the value chain, with potential to change the future of transportation and construction. I welcome Volvo’s commitment and encourage them to continue progressing towards ever more ambitious targets, and I hope their efforts will also encourage others to follow suit.