2021 Auto News

Volvo Cars Puts The Planet First With Its Sustainable Choices To Make Big Difference

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It was back in 2018 when the IPCC had warned that we only have twelve years to prevent the catastrophic damages that can be caused by climate change. We’re now in 2021 and there’s a greater need to step up our game to fight global climate change.

A lot of people might not be aware but cars and other forms of transport are silently contributing to one of the biggest environmental problems across the world – global warming. How? It’s pretty simple. Burning fossil fuels in cars release carbon dioxide, one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. These greenhouse gases then trap the heat in the atmosphere and shoot up the temperature of the planet, leading to climate change. Global warming not only dramatically increases the risks of intense weather events including droughts, intense heat waves, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers but also pose significant health dangers to humans.

Keeping in mind all the dangers associated with carbon emissions and other contributing factors of climate change, many automakers have already started responding to the issue. In fact, there are some automobile companies that are committed to saving our environment and drive citizen impact at scale.

Volvo Cars Ramps Up Efforts To Fight Climate Change

Volvo Cars, a Swedish automobile brand, aims to become a climate neutral company by 2040. One of its major goals is to reduce lifecycle emissions per vehicle by 40% by 2025. It plans to do this by using greater climate neutral energy in both its own operations and among its suppliers. Volvo Cars’ European plants have run on renewable electricity since 2008, and in 2020 its global plants were also powered by 51% climate neutral energy. In fact, the company’s largest Chinese plant in Chengdu recently secured a 100% climate neutral electricity supply! And there’s more.

Choosing climate neutral manufacturing operations plays a big role in the fight against climate change but it’s also imperative that automobile companies find new innovative ways to power cars and other forms of transport. Electric vehicles are an integral part of meeting goals related to climate change, which is why Volvo Cars is aiming for 50% of its cars to be fully electric, and by 2030 it aims to only produce fully electric vehicles! Amazing, right?

There are many other initiates being taken by Volvo Cars to save our environment. For example, the company is invested in maximizing remanufacturing and reducing production waste. Given that remanufactured parts use around 85% less raw material and 80% less energy, Volvo Cars remanufactures over 50 different parts in its vehicles including engines, gearboxes, turbo compressors and clutches. By following the practice of remanufacturing, the company managed to save almost 3,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2020 by remanufacturing over 40,000 parts. Similarly, the company recycled 95% of its global production in 2020, avoiding the generation of nearly 640,000 tonnes of CO2.

Summing it up, there’s a pressing need for automobile companies to make big changes in terms of reducing carbon emissions and making more sustainable choices.