The World Green Building Council has today announced that Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has joined its Corporate Advisory Board.
The agreement was signed at the Bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany, last week, where both Terri Wills, CEO of WorldGBC, and Martin Weissburg, President of Volvo CE, participated in a Construction Climate Challenge seminar hosted by Volvo CE on addressing the climate implications of major infrastructure projects.
WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board is a select group of companies which are global leaders on sustainability, and which serve to guide the organisation on its strategy and activities.
Terri Wills said: "We’re delighted to welcome the Volvo CE onto WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board - its advocacy of collaboration across the whole construction industry value chain is completely aligned with the core values of the Green Building Council movement. We look forward to collaborating with Volvo CE to green building and infrastructure for all.”
Martin Weissburg added: “This is a further step in our long term commitment to lessen the environmental impact of our products and encourage the adoption of new technologies and best practices. As a committed leader in construction, quarrying and mining, we have a responsibility to do our best to use the world’s natural resources wisely and reduce emissions. These are complimentary aims – there is no conflict between doing smart business and doing the right thing.”
Volvo CE is committed to addressing a range of economic, social and environmental issues through corporate social responsibility. It launched the Construction Climate Challenge to promote sustainability specifically in the construction industry value chain. It aims to create a dialogue between industry representatives, academics and politicians, as well as providing funding for new research and sharing existing knowledge and resources to help the industry make a difference for generations to come.
Volvo CE’s factory in Braås, Sweden, was the world’s first construction equipment plant to be certified carbon neutral in December 2013, and its engineers are working towards the goal of zero emission machines.