Environment and Resources

We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by continuous improvements and disruptive innovation. Our priorities are based on lifecycle management. From the environmental life-cycle perspective, over 95% of the impact occurs when our customers use our products - this creates significant business opportunities as we innovate to stay ahead. 

The Ghent plant with its three wind power plants on the site

But we must also consider the environmental efficiency in our operations. In this work, we strive to minimize the environmental impact from our operations in the effective use of energy and water, by safe use of chemicals, by reducing air emissions, by increasing recycling and reducing or avoiding waste to landfill.

Environmental performance
Absolute values related to net sales
2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Energy consumption (GWh; MWh/SEK M)1
2,118;
5.1
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)1
211;
0.5
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)1
113; 
0.3
198; 0.5  192; 0.6 196; 0.7 192; 0.6 218; 0.8
Water consumption (1,000 m3; m3/SEK M)
5,706;
13.6
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)
311;
0.7
360; 1.0 301; 0.9 333; 1.1 344; 1.3 332; 1.2
Solvent emissions (tons; kilos/SEK M)
1,488;
3.6
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)
9.6;
0.02
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)
51,724;
122.0
38,601; 102.0 31,941; 98.6 27,649; 94.9 27,824; 91.6 24,944; 90.4
Net sales, SEK bn
418.4 378.3 323.8

291.5 303.6 276.0
  1. From 2012 revised system boundaries and emission factors.
Continous improvements

Environment policy

Volvo Group works with continuous improvements supported by measuring and target-setting as well as considering the use of alternatives to minimize the above aspects’ environmental impacts. By taking a precautionary approach we can also avoid health aspects. Read more about our efforts in the policy.

Volvo Group Environmental Policy (PDF, 9.4 mb)

Volvo Environment Prize

Environmental care has been a part of our core values for a long time. In 1988 we instituted The Volvo Environment Prize, highlighting environmental scientific advancements.

Sustainability Reporting

In accordance with GRI Standards. The Volvo Group has reported environmental data since 1991. The latest update is available in in the Volvo Group Annual and Sustainability Report 2019(PDF, 12.9MB) and in the GRI-report

Climate objectives

Sustainability encompasses economic, environmental and social dimensions, but climate cuts right through all three of them. Read more about our climate objectives and attainments.

Environmental Footprint Calculator

This calculator looks at the environmental footprint of the entire lifecycle of our trucks.

Environmental Footprint Calculator

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Safety Data Sheets

Info on Chemical Products and Dangerous Parts

Safety Data Sheets

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