The cooperation between Volvo Construction Equipment and the WWF forms part of the Volvo Group’s wider commitment to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 million tons from construction equipment, buses and trucks made between 2009 and 2014.
During the only United States stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo Construction Equipment celebrated its recently announced partnership with the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Saver program.
The company took the opportunity of President Pat Olney’s press conference to announce details of the partnership with the WWF for the first time to North American based journalists.
The cooperation between Volvo Construction Equipment and the WWF forms part of the Volvo Group’s wider commitment to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 million tons from construction equipment, buses and trucks made between 2009 and 2014. Of this total, Volvo CE is dedicated to cutting its carbon dioxide output by 15 million tons in that timeframe. Volvo Construction Equipment officially joined the program in February 2012.
Volvo Construction Equipment is working to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from its products and production units, an effort that includes technologies for enhancing fuel efficiency and finding alternative fuels.
“At Volvo Construction Equipment, environmental care is a core value, and that is much more than just a corporate statement: it’s something that we are taking very seriously and working hard to integrate into everything we do,” said Volvo Construction Equipment President and CEO Pat Olney. “That’s why we’re delighted to join our sister companies in The Volvo Group in collaborating with an established environmental organization such as the World Wildlife Fund. The WWF’s Climate Savers program is a challenging initiative that will help us to further reduce our CO2 emissions, increase our products’ fuel efficiency and demonstrate that we’re truly committed to environmental sustainability.”
A Better Accommodation With Nature
The World Wildlife Fund is one of the world’s largest and most respected environmental organizations. Its vision is to stop the degradation of the environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Its Climate Savers program asks multinational companies to pledge to reduce their CO2 output in the battle to reduce overall carbon-dioxide emissions. The agreed target must be more ambitious than the company would have set on its own and must also signify that the company is leading its sector in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The results will be reviewed by independent technical experts.
The agreement with the WWF also states that the Volvo Group will reduce the CO2 emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent) before 2014, compared with 2008. In 2007, Volvo unveiled the world’s first carbon-neutral automotive plant in Ghent, Belgium, where electricity is derived from wind power. The long-term objective is to make all company facilities carbon-neutral.
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