Volvo Climate neutral electricity
10:00 PM | May 21 2021

Volvo Cars manufacturing network moves closer to climate-neutral operations

As another car-making plant becomes powered by 100 per cent climate-neutral electricity, Volvo Cars continues to implement its ambitious sustainability strategy.
Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network is now powered by nearly 90 per cent climate-neutral electricity after another of its plants switched to 100 per cent supply from renewable sources.
 
The achievement for the company’s Daqing plant follows in the footsteps of the company’s other large Chinese manufacturing plant in Chengdu, which reached the same milestone last year.
 
It is another important step towards Volvo Cars’ goal of making its manufacturing operations climate neutral by 2025.
 
Going forward, the Daqing plant in Heilongjiang province will be powered by electricity generated from biomass (83 per cent) and wind power (17 per cent), which is estimated to reduce the plant’s annual CO2 emissions by about 34,000 tonnes.
 
The biomass power plants that supply the Daqing site are using locally and sustainably sourced agricultural and forestry residues.
 
“For us at Volvo Cars, sustainability is as important as safety,” said Javier Varela, senior vice president for industrial operations and quality. “To achieve our ambitious climate targets, tackling emissions from our manufacturing network is crucial and I am very pleased that Daqing is now powered by 100 per cent climate neutral electricity.”
 
Apart from the Daqing milestone, Volvo Cars has also made further progress in emission reduction around its China plants. It has been in close contact with its local suppliers in recent months, encouraging them to follow suit and switch to 100 per cent climate-neutral power. The response thus far has been very positive.
 
For Volvo Cars to achieve its target of climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025, it needs access to climate neutral electricity and heating. Achieving this target requires Volvo Cars to find local partners in government and business that support development of sustainable alternatives.
 
“We can only achieve our climate action targets by working together with our suppliers,” said Varela. “We are encouraged by the support we have received so far in China and aim to be a benchmark of sustainability for its manufacturing industry.”




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