In an effort to reduce its global footprint and showcase its allegiance to the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, Volvo Cars has pledged to globally eradicate the use of single use plastics from its offices, events and cafeterias. The end of 2019 is the automaker’s self-imposed deadline for its eco-friendly endeavor.
“Action from the private sector is key to making progress in the fight against plastic pollution and raising awareness. We cannot wait for a binding legislative agreement,” said Lisa Emelia Svensson, Director of Ocean at UN Environment. “In the next 10 to 15 years global plastic production is projected to nearly double, parts of which will end up in oceans if we do not change today. We welcome Volvo Cars saying no to single-use plastics and it’s great to see it leading by example.”
Removing plastics from its enterprises will be a systematic rollout for the automaker. Global events and Volvo Cars facilities, namely the restaurants and offices in Belgium, United States, China, Malaysia and Sweden, will be the first spots plastics are not welcome, resulting in an approximate removal of 140 tons of plastics. The final push in 2019 will focus on Volvo’s national sales companies breaking free from the convenience and waste of single-use plastics at events and in their operations.
“Plastics pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of our time,” said Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability at Volvo Cars. “We take our responsibility seriously. We must play our part in helping tackle this global problem.”
The plan to remove single-use plastics will cover the removal of approximately 20 million eating utensils, cups and food containers. Replacing these harmful elements will be wood, pulp and paper-made biodegradable alternatives.
Volvo Cars intensive commitment to removing plastics was inspired in part to its most recent partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race’s Science Program. The race featured several vessels equipped to collect data on plastic pollution, including the level of micro plastics, saturating the ocean waters as well as overall marine health. In further support of the program, the V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race special edition model features carpet inlays comprised of recycled nylon.
Volvo Cars is no stranger to changing its methods to support environmental health and reduce its carbon footprint. The automaker is determined that all post 2019 new models will feature an electric power source, and by 2025, the automaker plans to attribute 50 percent of its global sales to EVs.
Volvo Cars is leading the way for a more sustainable approach to doing business everyday and setting an example that other automakers, businesses and corporations would be smart to follow.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo Cars in Hasbrouck Heights.