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Volvo partners with WWF to reduce CO2 emissions

Vivian Tse · 4 Nov 2010, 12:08

Published: 04 Nov 2010 12:08 GMT+01:00

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As a WWF partner, Volvo's truck companies have pledged to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles manufactured from 2009 to 2014 by 13 million tonnes. Independent technical experts will oversee the results.

"The partnership with WWF means that we are raising our already-ambitious goals in relation to cutting the CO2 emissions of our products. Our shared vision is that future transport will be CO2-neutral," Volvo CEO Leif Johansson said in a statement.

The WWF Climate Savers Programme calls on multinational companies to cut their CO2 emissions. These companies have promised to reduce their CO2 emissions in accordance with an agreement between the WWF, the company and independent technical experts.

"This is the first time we've engaged an outside party - in this case, the world's largest environmental organization - to oversee that we deliver what we've promised. That is unique for a global vehicle manufacturer," said Johansson.

The agreed goal must be more ambitious than what the company has planned before, which means that the company will lead its own industry in the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The agreement between Volvo and WWF will apply to Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks and UD Trucks.

The total volume of CO2 emitted during the trucks' lifetimes will be cut by 13 million tonnes compared with 2008 models through the introduction of new fuel economy technologies. The emissions are equivalent to the total amount emitted in Sweden every three months.

To achieve this goal, Volvo will produce a truck prototype with 20 percent lower fuel consumption than the equivalent 2008 model. In addition, Volvo will produce trucks for the commercial market that run on renewable gas before 2014.

Volvo will also reduce CO2 emissions from its production plants by 500,000 tonnes, or 12 percent of 2008's output, before 2014.

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Volvo's environmental initiatives are driven by three integrated factors: company-driven initiatives, favourable legislation and external partnerships.

In 2007, the Volvo Group presented the world's first CO2-neutral vehicle plant in Ghent in Belgium with wind-generated electricity. The long-term ambition is that all plants will be CO2-neutral.

"As the first vehicle manufacturer to be selected to participate in the Climate Savers Program, we have been presented with a real challenge. But by focusing on lower CO2-emissions, we believe that we can create more value for our customers' business while contributing to sustainable development at the same time," said Johansson.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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19:56 November 4, 2010 by LuxVeritas
We need stilts to wade through the bulcrap. WWF, set up by Prince Bernhardt, former Nazi and Prince Philip, who was quoted as saying he wanted to be reincarnated as a disease to kill millions.

C02 emissions lie is getting real old. You chaps can have a meeting with Al Gore self-serving liar and guess what; kick start the agricultural hemp industry.

The WWF has its roots in the Nazi nature movement. Does anyone honestly think that the Gestapo sociopath Malthusian mind-set behind such organisations give a crud for the planet. They make millions on war, propagating the fossil fuel empire, dangerous chemicals corporations, etc. whilst supressing advances for humanity and the plant.

More propaganda bulcrap from the fankinstein think tanks of the elite that will end up costing Joe public. Chuck in the Earth First and Club of Rome movement, read their quotes for yourself to find out how barking mad these sick people are.
21:55 November 4, 2010 by Schwoebel
I wish it was the World Wrestling Federation that Volvo was teaming up with (yeah they're the WWE now...a guy can dream can't he?)
03:53 November 5, 2010 by volvoman9
So @lux veritas. How do you really feel? Do you seriously think we can go on polluting the earth with no consequence? Strangely though I agree with you. I no longer contribute to the self serving charity industry for exactly this reason. The "Anything for a buck" crowd has the audacity to lie to us and expect us to fund their snake oil show!
09:06 November 5, 2010 by LuxVeritas
(no finger pointing, just observation)

It is easy for certain mind-sets to dissect pull apart, extrapolate or quote out of context any interpretation desired from any comment.

What I feel or think is irrelevant in light of the glaring elephant in the room substantiated by fact based truths and physical actions of many aspects within and controlling our lives; be it medical, chemical, agricultural, financial, industrial, global and or governmental.

All current, historical, state, empirical isms and cies have failed monumentally and are currently the greatest form of suffering for the majority of the people upon this planet.

There are many alternatives to a rotten elite controlled system without assuming it would be dystopian, because the dystopia is now and by design. There are numerous ancient and modern solutions to much of what ails our existence. These are not desired for systems of wealth and power control transfer.

In comments from within a newsSTORIES disinformation clearing houses it is not possible to expand upon factually based truths as well-crafted comments are short lived or vanish for obvious reasons. I prefer an ugly truth that demonstrates my misunderstanding than a comfortable lie that massages my ego.

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think." - Martin Luther King Jr.

The obligation is to share what one discovers, though it bring ridicule, insult or slander.

"All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed, until it's finally accepted as self-evident." Schopenhauer 1788-1860.

When those who would claim to inform and educate us deceive, we must edify ourselves with the search for truth and wisdom.

Peace and abundance to all, we deserve it, it is our universal right.
20:04 November 5, 2010 by volvoman9
Quite refreshing. Thank you.
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