Volvo’s first

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Volvo’s en­gine fac­tory in Skövde, Swe­den, has be­come the com­pany’s first cli­mate-neu­tral man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, hav­ing switched to re­new­able heat­ing on 01 Jan.

Skövde is the first plant in Volvo’s global man­u­fac­tur­ing net­work to reach this sta­tus, which the com­pany says marks a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards its vi­sion of hav­ing cli­mate-neu­tral global man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions by 2025. Skövde also be­comes one of only a few cli­mate-neu­tral au­to­mo­tive plants in Europe.

Volvo’s New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Coby Dug­gan says the com­pany’s sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy has evolved rapidly in re­cent years.

“The move to­wards cli­mate-neu­tral man­u­fac­tur­ing is a key one and proves that Volvo’s com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment runs deeper than ve­hi­cle emis­sions alone. The tem­per­a­ture in Skövde is usu­ally be­low freez­ing point at this time of year and re­quires a sig­nif­i­cant amount of en­ergy to heat. By mov­ing to a re­new­able en­ergy source the plant is ex­pected to re­duce their CO2 emis­sions by thou­sands of tonnes an­nu­ally.”

Javier Varela, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of man­u­fac­tur­ing and lo­gis­tics at Volvo says im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency is car maker’s first pri­or­ity. He said the Skövde plant achieve­ment is an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the com­pany’s broader ef­forts in min­imis­ing its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

A new agree­ment be­tween Volvo and the lo­cal provider en­sures that all heat­ing sup­plied to the Skövde plant is gen­er­ated from waste in­cin­er­a­tion, biomass and re­cy­cled bio­fu­els. Since 2008, along with the com­pany’s other Euro­pean plants, its Skövde site’s elec­tric­ity sup­ply al­ready comes from re­new­able sources.

Stu­art Tem­plar, direc­tor for sus­tain­abil­ity, said en­vi­ron­men­tal care is one of Volvo’s core val­ues and cli­mate-neu­tral man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce its over­all car­bon foot­print, sup­port­ing global ef­forts to tackle cli­mate change. In 2016, the pro­duc­tion plant in Ghent, Bel­gium, in­tro­duced a dis­trict heat­ing sys­tem that re­duced car­bon emis­sions by 40 per­cent, sav­ing 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The car-maker also plans to elec­trify all new Volvo cars launched from 2019.

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