Volvo renews green transport pledge

Volvo has refreshed its promise to trim the emissions from making its cars by at least 40 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020 compared with 2013. Today the Swedish carmaker […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Volvo has refreshed its promise to trim the emissions from making its cars by at least 40 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020 compared with 2013.

Today the Swedish carmaker announced its renewed commitment to environmental charity WWF’s Climate Savers programme. This asks multi-national companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

It is developing a truck prototype which it claims has “substantially” lower fuel consumption compared with trucks on the road today.

President and CEO Olof Persson said: “Our commitment to WWF will generate concrete progress and demonstrates that we are serious about our emission reduction.”

Volvo also buckled up to another pledge to influence the rest of the transport sector to go green.

It said it will “encourage and help” ten of its suppliers to improve energy efficiency plus host a Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) to promote green ideas among the construction industry, academics and politicians.

The car firm is the only one to have signed up to WWF’s scheme since 2010. The charity’s Director General Marco Lambertini said: “Voluntary initiatives from businesses are very important”.