Vice President Environment & Sustainability
Volvo Construction Equipment
With a history dating back over 180 years, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is the longest established global producer of products and services for the construction, extraction, waste processing, forestry and materials handling sectors. Principal equipment includes excavators, wheel loaders and haulers, as well as road machinery such as pavers and compactors. A wide range of services are also offered, centred on the three themes of machine uptime, fuel efficiency and increased productivity.
Marketed under the Volvo, SDLG and Terex Trucks brands, the company’s products and services are sold and supported via a global network of over 125 Volvo-owned and independent dealers.
Environmental care has always been one of the top priorities for Volvo CE. The first Volvo Environmental policy was established in 1972 when the former President and CEO Pehr G Gyllenhammar stated “We are part of the problem – but we are also part of the solution”. Since then, the Volvo Group and Volvo CE have a strong commitment to environmental care.
Volvo CE has a holistic approach to environmental care, addressing continuous improvements within the total enterprise, all way from product planning and development, manufacturing and supply, product use, and recyclability to end-of-life for the products. Its focus is always on improving the global footprint; mainly on greenhouse gas emissions and use of materials.
The company has been a member of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Climate Savers program since 2012, joining the Volvo Group in promoting environmental awareness, developing efficient new technologies and encouraging sustainable development.
Volvo CE’s president Martin Weissburg further reinforced this commitment at the 2015 WWF Climate Savers China Annual Conference in Sanya, China. Mr Weissburg spoke about the importance of achieving sustainable development in the industry.
The agreement includes the Construction Climate Challenge – a programme that aims at further reducing the construction industry’s impact on the environment. It shares best practices, resources and knowledge with academics, industry representatives and politicians, providing funding for new research.
At the end of December 2013, Volvo CE’s Braås facility in Southern Sweden completed its journey towards becoming carbon neutral. The 45,000 m2 site, which specialises in the design and manufacture of articulated haulers, is now powered entirely by renewable energy sources – including wind, biomass and hydropower – that neither produce harmful emissions nor contribute to the greenhouse effect.
This momentous achievement follows in the footsteps of sister company Volvo Trucks, whose Ghent facility in Belgium set the standard for emissions-free industrial manufacturing in 2007. And just as Ghent became the first carbon neutral facility in the automotive sector, Braås too becomes the first in the construction equipment industry.
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