Our oceans are in distress

Plastic pollution is degrading our oceans at an alarming rate. Whilst coastal organisms that help filter and clean our waterways have had their once vibrant habitats replaced with artificial seawalls.

Ocean Pollution

Ocean conservation

Solving an environmental issue of this scale requires modern, divergent thinking. That’s why we partnered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create the Volvo Living Seawall.

Living Seawall 91 species

One idea. 91 species.

The living proof that the Living Seawall is working

In just its first few years our long term ocean conservation project has transformed bare seawalls into a flourishing habitat that will help clean our oceans for decades to come.

In Partnership with

Reef Design Lab

Reef Design Lab


Sydney Institute of Marine Science

North Sydney Council

North Sydney Design Council

The making of the Living Seawall


The Living Seawall is made up of 50 tiles designed to mimic the root structure of mangrove trees.


The tiles are installed along an existing seawall structure in Sydney Harbour.


Over time, the filter-feeding organisms colonise the wall. These organisms filter particles and pollutants out of the water.


Researchers will monitor the Living Seawall for the next 20 years as it improves biodiversity and water quality.

Where to the find the Volvo Living Seawall

Volvo Living Seawall Location

Smarter, recoverable cars

The textile interior mats of the XC40 area made from recycled plastic bottles, and we recycle and remanufacture just about all Volvo cars.

Sustainable operations

By 2025, we aim to put 1 million electrified cars on the road and achieve ‘carbon neutral’ manufacturing operations.

*Shown charging equipment sold separately.