The climate change has become an important issue across the globe. Industrialisation and the growth of the world’s population has brought with it more transport needs, more energy consumption, more food and more waste, which in turn has lead to an increase in emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
These add to the already existing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, causing the natural roof to become denser. In 2007, the Volvo Group presented the world’s first carbon dioxide neutral automotive factory in Gent, Belgium. Investments were made in wind power and a biofuel plant that provide electricity and heat that does not result in any carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. As a result emissions have declined by 14,000 tons annually. The Volvo Group’s efforts relating to CO2-neutral factories are completely in line with EU’s goal of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent in Europe by 2020.
“Our ambition is to make all our factories CO2-neutral factories and Gent is the first,” said former Volvo CEO Leif Johansson. “It is not an easy undertaking, but we are prepared to try different alternatives to achieve our goal for CO2-neutral production in our factories.” As one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, we have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and the products we deliver.