Volvo

Foundation Member

Volvo Sustainability

The road to climate neutral

We want to be climate neutral by 2040 – it’s the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced. We’re part of the problem. So it’s our responsibility to change what we do and how we do it. Let’s all be part of the solution. We want to provide you with the freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. To help protect the world we share, we must do more than merely electrify our cars. We’re committed to rethinking sustainability in our operations, in our cars and in society.

About Volvo

  • Status
  • Employees
  • 500+
  • Industry
  • Automotive
  • Founded
  • 1927

Volvo Sustainability Actions

Circular Economy

The world’s natural resources are limited. So we’ve committed to become a circular business by 2040 – maximising resource efficiency across vehicles, components and materials. We’re focussed on eliminating waste, making greater use of recycled material, and remanufacturing and reusing parts. Design for circularity: Most companies (and people) still participate in a linear economy – you take raw material, make a product, use it, and in the end, throw it out as waste. A circular economy maximises resources by designing products for durability, reuse and recycling. From the start, we’re considering a vehicle’s entire life cycle and how to maximise the value delivered throughout that time. When that’s over, the dissasembly and recycling process can provide high quality and quantity raw materials. More remanufacturing: Compared to producing new parts, remanufactured parts use around 85 per cent less raw material and 80 per cent less energy. We currently remanufacture 36 different component groups, including engines, gearboxes, turbo compressors and clutches. In 2021 we saved over 4,000 tonnes of CO2 by remanufacturing over 37,000 parts. Less production waste: In 2021, 96 per cent of our global production waste was recycled – so we avoided creating additional carbon emissions and were able to keep valuable material in circulation. This also reduced the amount of virgin material needed. Recycling: Our largest waste stream is metal from car production, which amounted to 209,000 tonnes in 2021 and is entirely recycled.

Living Seawall

Our oceans are in distress. Plastic pollution is degrading our oceans at an alarming rate. Whilst coastal organisms that help filter and clean our waterways have had their once vibrant habitats replaced with artificial seawalls. Solving an environmental issue of this scale requires modern, divergent thinking. That’s why we partnered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create the Volvo Living Seawall. Designed to mimic the root structure of native mangrove trees, the Living Seawall adds complexity to the existing seawall structure and provides a habitat for marine life. This aids biodiversity and attracts filter-feeding organisms that actually absorb and filter out pollutants – such as particulate matter and heavy metals – keeping the water ‘clean’. The more organisms we have, the cleaner the water. In just its first few years our long term ocean conservation project has transformed bare seawalls into a flourishing habitat that will help clean our oceans for decades to come. Learn more at https://www.volvocars.com/au/l/living-seawall/

The Family Bond by Volvo Cars - Equal global parental leave for all

The Family Bond by Volvo Cars is our all-gender global paid parental leave policy – with this, we give all Volvo Cars employees with at least one year's service 24 weeks of parental leave at 80 per cent of their base pay by default. This global policy applies to either parent and is suited for a diverse variety of family types, as it includes adoptive, foster care and surrogate parents, as well as non-birth parents in same-sex couples. Learn more about The Family Bond at https://www.volvocars.com/au/about/family-bond/

See All (8)

Volvo Sustainability Commitments

2019

Globally, all models available in an electrified version

2021

Our first electric only vehicle

C40 Recharge – the first Volvo designed as pure electric only

2025

50% sales to be pure electric models

Tailpipe emissions account for a significant part of our carbon footprint. That is why every new Volvo car launched from 2019 onwards has an electric motor. Our aim is that 50 per cent of our annual car sales should be all-electric by 2025, with the remainder consisting of hybrids.

See All (9)

Volvo Partnerships

About Volvo

  • Status
  • Employees
  • 500+
  • Industry
  • Automotive
  • Founded
  • 1927

Sustainable Development Goals

Volvo is committed to advancing these Global Goals to promote prosperity for people & planet.

 Logo

 Logo

 Logo

 Logo

 Logo

 Logo

 Logo

Volvo Recommends

See All (4)

Volvo Sustainability News

Volvo backs plan to offset advertising carbon emissions

Visit Site

Volvo Car Australia’s HQ, Training Centre receive peak Green Stamp Accreditation

Visit Site

Volvo Car Group annual and sustainability report 2021

Visit Site