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“Sustainability is now as important as safety to us”

How Volvo Cars is acting now to reduce lifecycle emissions of every Volvo by 40 per cent by 2025 and become a climate neutral company by 2040.
Volvo Cars has dedicated its business to helping protect the lives of people both inside and outside of its cars. Now the company will show the same dedication to help protect the planet.
 
As Volvo Cars’ chief executive, Håkan Samuelsson, says: “Sustainability is now as important as safety to us.”
 
Volvo Cars’ ambition is to become a climate neutral company by 2040. 
 
Electrifying the showroom fleet is one major step, though Volvo Cars knows it needs to do more. It will also address emissions across its value chain by using greater climate neutral energy in both its own operations and among its suppliers, as well as making better use of materials and components. 
 
The company knows it needs to act now, so it is aiming to reduce lifecycle emissions per Volvo vehicle by 40 per cent by 2025.

Volvo C40
Fully electric by 2030
A global transition to electrified cars is essential if the world is to reach net zero emissions by 2040, and to limit the impacts of climate change. By 2025, Volvo Cars is aiming for 50 per cent of its sales to be fully electric, and by 2030 we will produce only fully electric vehicles. (Volvo C40 pictured above.)
 
A transformative online showroom
Volvo Cars’ new flagship showroom will be right here on this site. The company’s ambition is to also enable more online offers and services, making it as easy as possible to choose a car with no tailpipe emissions.

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Volvo Chengdu Plant
Climate neutral manufacturing
Volvo Cars aims to have global climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. The company is working towards this through sourcing and producing its own climate neutral energy, as well as increasing energy efficiency at its plants. Volvo Cars is making good progress. All its European plants have run on renewable electricity since 2008, and in 2020 its global plants were powered by 51 per cent climate neutral energy. The company’s largest Chinese plant, in Chengdu (pictured above), recently secured a 100 per cent climate neutral electricity supply, as did another plant in Daqing.
 
Maximising remanufacture
Compared to producing new parts, remanufactured parts use about 85 per cent less raw material and 80 per cent less energy. Volvo Cars currently remanufactures more than 50 different parts, including engines, gearboxes, turbo compressors and clutches. In 2020 the company saved almost 3000 tonnes of CO2 by remanufacturing more than 40,000 parts.
 
Minimising production waste
In 2020, 95 per cent of Volvo Cars’ global production waste was recycled, meaning the company not only avoided creating additional carbon emissions but was able to keep valuable material in circulation and reduce the amount of virgin material that needed to be produced. The vast majority of waste recycled is steel. In 2020, Volvo Cars recycled more than 176,000 tonnes, avoiding the generation of nearly 640,000 tonnes of CO2.
 
An aligned dealer network
The company is working with its dealers to ensure the entire network is climate neutral by 2040. This involves driving efficiency measures and ensuring a greater use of renewable energy in every part of their business. Several dealers across the world already have their own on-site renewable energy source.
 
Responsible cobalt sourcing
Cobalt is a vital component in the production of electric car batteries. In some cases, the extraction of cobalt can have human rights impacts. Volvo Cars uses blockchain technology to increase transparency and traceability of its cobalt supply chain, ensuring that information about the material’s origin cannot be changed undetected. The company uses several other processes, in conjunction with its suppliers, including mine site inspections and GPS tracking to help ensure that the cobalt within its batteries is responsibly sourced.




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