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Environmental Footprint

We have now set Science Based Targets covering all relevant emissions, from production as well as customer use phase. The environmental footprint from our operations is relatively small compared to that from the use phase of our products. Nevertheless, we are constantly considering climate and the environmental footprint from our industrial activities. As we strive for more sustainable production, we continuously reduce waste and emissions, optimize water use and improve our handling of solvents, oils and chemicals.

Our commitment to SBTi includes direct and energy indirect emissions from operations, purchased goods and services to be able to reach net-zero by 2040.

Renewable energy sources

One impactful measure is to replace fossil energy with renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and biofuels. The Volvo Group has production facilities in 18 countries and approximately 100 sites around the world. Currently, six of our sites are certified as renewable energy facilities powered by 100% renewable energy. 

Although renewable energy is not yet available in all markets, we foresee an increase in supply throughout the world. When available at acceptable conditions, renewable energy is always our first choice. 

On our way towards sustainable production our next milestone is to reach 65% renewable energy for our fully owned operations across the world (offices, production sites, warehouses and logistics centers) by 2025. At year-end 2020 the share of renewable energy was 52%. SBTi interim target criteria cover 95% of our operating activities, aiming for a 50% CO₂ absolute emission reduction by 2030, with 2019 as baseline. This target is set aiming for the 1.5oC ambition in the Paris agreement and valid for each part of our organization.

Environmental performance

Absolute values related to net sales
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
2014
Energy consumption (GWh; MWh/SEK M)1
1,816; 5.6 2,118;
5.1
2,196; 5.8 2,068; 6.4
2,076; 7.1
2,077; 6.8
2,168; 7.9
Whereof renewable energy  52% 48% 43% 40%      
Direct CO2 emissions, scope 1 (1,000 tons; tons/SEK M)1
173; 0.5 211;
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
97; 0.3 113; 
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)
5,218; 16.0 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)
204; 0.6 311;
0.7
360; 1.0 301; 0.9 333; 1.1 344; 1.3 332; 1.2
Solvent emissions (tons; kilos/SEK M)
1,342; 4.1 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)
5.6; 0.02 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)
51,806; 160 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 from Industrial Operations, SEK bn
326.5 418.4 378.3 323.8 291.5 303.6 276.0

 

From 2012 revised system boundaries and emission factors.

 

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