sustainability targets

Sustainability Targets

In 2010, Volvo Group was approved by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), to join its Climate Savers program, as the first automotive manufacturer in the world. The objective with Climate Savers is to recognize corporate leadership on climate solutions and inspire further progress. The agreed targets help us to focus on climate targets, such as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and contributions to a lower-emissions ­society.

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Sustainability data

Volvo Group commitment 2015–2020 to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency

• Improve energy efficiency in production, by implementing energy saving activities of 150 GWh/year, corresponding to 8% of the total energy use.

• Reduce total lifetime CO2 emissions from products, by a cumulative saving of at least 40 million tons.

• Magnify the commitment by acting as advocates and drivers of climate positive solutions in our industry and throughout the value chain.

• Reduce CO2 emissions per produced unit from freight transport by 20%.

Follow-up on results 2015–2018 (base year 2013)

Products: Activities undertaken between 2015 and 2018 show a 25 Mton CO2 reduction in lifetime emissions from products.
Production: More than 800 energy-saving activities, implemented since 2015, resulting in 130 GWh/year in energy savings.
Transport: Group freight transport CO2 emissions per produced unit is 15% lower 2018 compared to 2015. 
Magnifiers: 9 of the 14 initiatives to promote energy efficiency and to positively influence the value chain are accomplished.

Energy use
Environmental performance in Volvo Group production
Absolute values related to net sales 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Energy consumption (GWh; MWh/SEK M)2 2,196; 5.8 2,068; 6.4 2,076; 7.1 2,077; 6.8 2,168; 7.9
Direct CO2 emissions, scope 1 (1,000 tons; tons/SEK M)2 223; 0.6 207; 0.6 211; 0.7 220; 0.7 231; 0.8
Indirect CO2 emissions, scope 2 (1,000 tons; tons/SEK M)2 198; 0.5  192; 0.6 196; 0.7 192; 0.6 218; 0.8
Water consumption (1,000 m3; m3/SEK M) 4,870; 12.9 4,817; 14.9 4,430; 15.2 4,919; 16.2 4,982; 18.1
NOX emissions (tons; kilos/SEK M) 360; 1.0 301; 0.9 333; 1.1 344; 1.3 332; 1.2
Solvent emissions (tons; kilos/SEK M) 2,148; 5.7 1,681; 5.2 1,792; 6.1 1,885; 6.2 2,472; 9.0
Sulphur dioxide ­emissions (tons; kilos/SEK M) 13.6; 0.04 13.3; 0.04 12.9; 0.04 32.1; 0.1 37.9; 0.1
Hazardous waste (tons; kg/SEK M) 38,601; 102.0 31,941; 98.6 27,649; 94.9 27,824; 91.6 24,944; 90.4
Net sales, SEK bn 378.3 323.8 291.5 303.6 276.0
  1.  Restated according to new accounting rules.
  2. From 2012 revised system boundaries and emission factors.

The Magnifiers

To magnify the commitment we are acting as advocates and drivers of climate positive solutions in our industry and throughout the value chain. We have 14 initiatives – magnifiers - to promote energy efficiency and to positively influence the value chain.

  • Volvo Group will co-chair the Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport together with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  In 2014 Ban Ki-moon announced the membership of a High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport to provide recommendations on sustainable transport actionable at global, national, local and sector levels.
  • Use of renewable energy. Volvo Group will participate in two of WWF initiatives; Corporate renewable energy buyer principle and Biofuels roundtable
  • CO2- neutral facility in Asia. Volvo Group will perform a study of Volvo sites in Asia and the possibilities to switch to renewable energy use.
  • Demonstrate new advanced technology for trucks in prototypes
  • Volvo Group will increased sales of fuel saving device.
  • Develop a prototype engine application with hybrid technology. Volvo Group will develop at least one off-road diesel engine application with hybrid technology.
  • Increased use of IPS for Marine Commercial applications. Develop IPS technology so it can be used for more applications which will save fuel.
  • Starting up a so-called City Mobility concept in at least five cities. City Mobility is the collective term for an offering in which Volvo Buses collaborates with cities and regions to find the best and most energy-efficient public transport solution. One example is to plan for the infrastructure required for electric city buses.
  • ElectriCity – start a bus line in Gothenburg operating with fully electric buses and electric hybrid buses. Ten all-electric or partially electrified buses have been operating since 2015. According to the original plan the tests were scheduled to end in 2018, but now the trial is being extended with additional vehicles and the test period will continue to 2020.
  • Hosting the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) that aims to create a dialogue with construction industry representatives, academia and politicians, as well as providing funding for new research and share existing knowledge and resources to help the industry make a difference for generations to come.
  • Site optimization by developing a supporting tool for customers to improve efficiency for a whole construction site. Since Autust 2018 Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska are testing the viability of its Electric Site concept at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden. The system, which incorporates electric and autonomous Volvo machines, will run in a real production environment for 10 weeks – delivering an anticipated 95% reduction in carbon emissions and 25% reduction in total cost of operations.
  • Industry Standardization leadership; Participation in the International Standardization Organization’s work to develop a standard for machine fuel efficiency within the construction equipment industry.
  • Advanced technology development and through field-tests demonstrate technologies with considerably better fuel efficiency improvements.
  • Supplier Environmental Awarness through cooperation with suppliers to improve their environmental work. 
UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We believe that responding to global trends and challenges, and committing to credible international sustainability frameworks, are important elements in being a responsible and sustainable company. In 2001, the Volvo Group joined the United Nations’ (UN) Global Compact initiative on responsible business and committed to its ten principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We strive to align our human rights related work with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We also recognize the goals of the Paris Agreement and we support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by driving several activities that contribute to the 17 SDGs.

Read more about the UN SDGs

GRI Index

Sustainability reporting is included in our Annual and Sustainability Report. In our GRI Index we disclose the specific economic, environmental and social sustainability topics that are material to the Volvo Group.