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Volvo Trucks seeks a rapid reduction in carbon dioxide emissions

Volvo Trucks is, through Volvo Logistics, challenging its transporters to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent within the next two years. This challenge is yet another element in Volvo Trucks’ climate strategy which already aims at, among other things, carbon-neutral production, energy efficiency, alternative fuel technology and recycling.
Volvo Trucks seeks a rapid reduction in carbon dioxide emissions
“I want the transporters who deliver goods to and from our main factories in Europe to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2010. This is part of our climate strategy,” says Volvo Trucks’ President and CEO, Staffan Jufors.  “Our emissions can be rapidly reduced through a number of measures, such as reduced fuel consumption, more efficient logistics, the use of biofuels and the replacement of old vehicles.”

Volvo Trucks already offers a number of products and services whose purpose is to reduce fuel consumption and, thereby, the environmental impact of Volvo Trucks’ customers.  One example of this is Fuelwatch.

Volvo Logistics is working together with transporters
Volvo Logistics, which is responsible for Volvo Trucks’ transports, will develop a set of concrete measures together with its suppliers. “We are prepared to take on the tough challenge that a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010 implies,” says Åke Niklasson, President of Volvo Logistics.

In conjunction with the “Logistics & Transport” exhibition in Göteborg, which takes place from May 20 to 22, Volvo Logistics will present its action plan for the reduction of carbon dioxide.

Halved climate impact a common goal
Volvo Trucks announced its challenge in conjunction with the seminar, “Klimatneutrala godstransporter på väg” (On the Road to Climate Neutral Freight Transportation). The seminar was organised together with Schenker, Preem, the Swedish Road Administration and Chalmers University of Technology, with participation from Åsa Torstensson, Minister of Infrastructure. These actors have a common goal – to halve the climate impact of goods transports by 2020 compared with 2005. In the long run, the aim is to make goods transports by road entirely carbon dioxide neutral.

January 22, 2008

For further information, please contact:
Lennart Pilskog, phone +46 703 183 422, e-mail: lennart.pilskog@volvo.com