The world’s natural resources are limited. So we’ve committed to become a circular business by 2040 – maximizing resource efficiency across vehicles, components and materials. We’re focused on eliminating waste, making greater use of recycled material, and remanufacturing and reusing parts.

A man working under a hoisted car.
Anders Kärrberg, head of global sustainability at Volvo Cars

“If we are to reach our goals, we need to embrace the circular economy.”

Anders Kärrberg, Head of Sustainability

Design for circularity

Most companies (and people) still participate in a linear economy – you take raw material, make a product, use it, and in the end, throw it out as waste. A circular economy maximizes resources by designing products for durability, reuse and recycling.

From the start, we’re considering a vehicle’s entire life cycle and how to maximize the value delivered throughout that time. When that’s over, the dissasembly and recycling process can provide high quality and quantity raw materials.

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Recycled materials

One of our circular economy ambitions is to significantly increase the share of sustainable recycled and bio-based materials in our cars by 2025.

Ambitions for 2025


Recycled or bio-based plastics


Recycled aluminium


Recycled steel


Our largest waste stream is metal from car production, which amounted to 188,000 tonnes in 2022 and is entirely recycled

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Our position

We want to be a circular business by 2040 – so we need to overcome some challenges. We’re changing our company, value chain and industrial system. We commit to being transparent throughout this transformation. We’ll act responsibly and we’ll continue talking with stakeholders inside and outside of our industry.

You’re welcome to read the resources below and learn more about what we’re doing. And of course you’re welcome to engage with us where you have expertise you think will help us on our journey.


You´re welcome to access below documents to learn more about Volvo Cars position on important sustainability topics.