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Sustainability

Sustainability is as important to Volvo Cars as safety. By working towards climate-neutrality, embracing the circular economy and conducting our business operations responsibly, we help protect the planet and contribute to a fairer society.

A Volvo car gets charged at a charging station.

Our ambitions

Climate action

Be a climate-neutral company by 2040

Circular economy

Be a circular business by 2040

Ethical and responsible business

Be a recognized leader in ethical and responsible business

How to get there?

Climate action

As a mobility provider we recognize that we are part of the problem of climate change and have a responsibility to act. By reducing emissions across our entire value chain, we aim to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.

-50%

Tailpipe emissions

-25%

Raw materials and suppliers

-25%

Total operations incl. logistics

-40%

Total reduction per vehicle

Electrifying our fleet

Tailpipe emissions account for a significant part of our carbon footprint. That is why every new Volvo car launched from 2019 onwards has an electric motor. Our aim is that 50 percent of our annual car sales should be all-electric by 2025, with the remainder consisting of hybrids.

A Volvo SUV driving on a bridge that crosses a water reservoir.

Climate-neutral manufacturing

We aim to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. Already today our global plants are powered by over 80 percent climate-neutral electricity. Since 2008, all our European plants have been running on hydro-electric power.

Working with suppliers

Reducing emissions in our supply chain is critical to reaching our climate target. We are encouraging our top suppliers to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 and to develop a more circular approach to materials.

A Volvo SUV driving on a bridge that crosses a water reservoir.

Third-party approval for our climate plan

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)* has approved our ambitious plan to become a climate-neutral company by 2040. According to SBTi, our emissions reduction targets are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

*SBTi is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

*SBTi is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Close-up of a car seat with the universal recycling symbol attached to the fabric.

Circular economy

The world’s natural resources are limited. This requires a mindset that embraces the circular economy, where the parts and materials used are not only recovered at the end of the car’s useful lifespan but also re-used in the production of new vehicles. That is why we design our cars to minimize waste and make greater use of recycled and bio-based materials.

25%

Recycled or bio-based plastic

40%

Recycled aluminium

25%

Recycled steel

Ethical and responsible business

By protecting the wellbeing and rights of our employees, promoting equality and working to minimize environmental and social impacts within our supply chain – we aim to be a recognized leader in ethical and responsible business.

Ethical batteries

We are committed to responsible sourcing of our batteries. As part of that commitment, we are the first car manufacturer to use blockchain technology throughout our entire cobalt supply chain, allowing us to monitor and trace the cobalt used in our batteries.

What is blockchain technology?

Climate change is the ultimate safety test.

Climate change is the ultimate safety test

The man behind Volvo’s Lambda sensor system shows his invention.

A heritage of sustainability

We have worked to reduce our environmental impact over many years. Discover some of the actions we have taken to date.