Volvo Cars has opened its first ‘climate-neutral’ manufacturing plant. The company’s engine factory at Skšvde, Sweden, switched to renewable heating on Jan. 1. Volvo Cars plans for all its manufacturing operations around the globe to be climate-neutral by 2025. In Skšvde, the local energy provider ensures that all heating supplied to the plant is generated from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-fuels. “Along with our plan to electrify all new Volvo cars launched from 2019, climate-neutral manufacturing operations will significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint,” said Director of Sustainability Stuart Templar. In 2016, the company’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, introduced a heating system that reduced carbon emissions by 40 percent, saving 16,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year, he said.

Volvo Motorenwerk in Skövde/Schweden

Volvo’s calls its new plant in Sweden ‘climate neutral’ and pledges the same for the rest of its operations around the world by 2025. (PHOTO: VOLVO)

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