Volvo Cars’ engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, is the company’s first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, shifting to renewable heating from January 1, 2018.
Skövde is the first plant in Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach this status .It is also one of a few climate-neutral automotive plants in Europe.
Javier Varela, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Logistics, Volvo Cars, said, “Improving energy efficiency is our first priority and then, for the energy we need to use, we aim for supplies generated from renewable sources. The Skövde plant achievement is an important addition to our broader efforts in minimising our environmental footprint”.
A new agreement between Volvo Cars and the local provider ensures that all heating supplied to the Skövde plant is generated from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-fuels.
Since 2008, along with the company’s other European plants, Skövde site’s electricity supply already comes from renewable sources.
Stuart Templar, Director Sustainability, said “This is a proud moment both for the Skövde plant and for Volvo Cars. Environmental care is one of our core values. Along with our plan to electrify all new Volvo cars launched from 2019, climate-neutral manufacturing operations will significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint, supporting global efforts to tackle climate change.”
Volvo Cars is constantly looking at innovative ways to move towards its 2025 vision. In 2016, the production plant in Ghent, Belgium, introduced a district heating system that reduced carbon emissions by 40 per cent, saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.