Volvo Cars has announced that its Torslanda plant in Sweden has become the company’s first climate-neutral car manufacturing plant. The automaker is calling this achievement a significant step toward its goal of making its global manufacturing network zero emissions by 2025.
Volvo is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, with a vision of being fully climate neutral by 2040 and part of that plan is for half of its global vehicle sales to be electric by 2025.
For the automaker, it considers a plant to be fully climate neutral when it has zero net increases in greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere as a result of the electricity and heating used there.
The Torslanda plant has been powered by climate-neutral electricity since 2008, but has now added climate-neutral heating.
“Establishing Torslanda as our first climate neutral car plant is a significant milestone. We are committed to having a climate neutral manufacturing network by 2025 and this achievement is a sign of our determination as we consistently work to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Javier Varela, head of industrial operations and quality at Volvo Cars.
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Moving forward, Volvo Cars is planning further efficiency improvements to the lighting and heating systems at Torslanda, which the company anticipates will generate additional annual energy savings of around 20,000 MWh by 2023.
Finally, Volvo Cars will develop its own on-site renewable electricity generation capacity at all of its manufacturing facilities to ensure it meets its climate neutral targets.
Volvo Cars has almost 100 years of experience in car manufacturing and currently employs almost 42,000 people around the world outside of its headquarters in Sweden.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago