Volvo Cars has pledged its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by implementing recycled plastics when manufacturing new cars and by using sustainable materials in its business operations. This bold approach to helping the environment has not gone unnoticed, as Volvo Cars earned the only invitation extended to the auto industry to attend the G7 Ocean Partnership Summit. The world summit was held in Halifax, Canada in September, and includes representatives from businesses, NGOs and governments. The gathering is a driving force in environmental protection, and Volvo Cars completely supports its mission.
Presented at the summit was the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, which demands global governments take necessary action to help eradicate ocean pollution caused by plastics. The charter also urges steps be taken to reduce overall plastics consumption in day-to-day life.
“Our overall approach to sustainability actively supports the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, making our endorsement of the charter a natural extension of that approach,” said Maria Hemberg, senior vice president Group Legal, general counsel and chair of Volvo Cars’ Sustainability Board.
Not only is Volvo Cars the first and only automaker to support the G7 charter, it is directly driving the goals of the charter by putting into practice ways the automaker itself can operate more sustainably. As part of its Plastics Vision, Volvo Cars plans to use 25 percent recycled plastics in cars manufactured after 2025.
The automaker has already put its environmental efforts into effect with the XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid. The specialized model does not sacrifice power, style or performance due to its environmentally-friendly materials. To further support the environment, Volvo Cars will electrify all new cars that hit the road after 2019 by offering mild-hybrid, fully-electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains. By 2025, the automaker aims to sell approximately 1 million electric cars.
Environmentally-friendly initiatives instituted by the automaker extend to its business practices, too. Single-use plastics will be replaced by sustainable options by the close of 2019 at events held by Volvo Cars as well as in its office buildings. Biodegradable options made from wood, pulp and paper will be used in place of the current 20-million plus food containers, cutlery and cups currently being used. By 2025, all manufacturing plants for Volvo Cars will be climate-neutral. The engine plant in Skovde, Sweden, already abides by this practice.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo Cars in Hasbrouck Heights.