Protecting the environment is the biggest challenge we face. With new technologies, increased social momentum and industry collaboration, we can turn this challenge into our greatest achievement.

Lars Martensson

Director Environment and Innovation, Volvo Trucks

It’s time to be bold

Global warming

Burning fossil fuels increases greenhouse gases and raises the Earth’s temperature. Forecasts indicate the planet will be six degrees Celsius warmer by 2100.

Depleted natural resources

Most of the energy used today comes from non-renewable sources. So we need to find alternative sources.

Exhaust emissions

Air pollution causes major public health and environmental problems worldwide. Pollutants don’t stop at national borders, so we need consistent legislation.

These are serious problems. So we’re tackling them head on by focusing on energy efficiency and alternative fuels. It is a strategy that encompasses our entire business. And it shapes the decisions we make about the future.

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Our trucks

About 90% of the environmental impact generated by a truck occurs during its operation – mostly through fuel consumption and the discharge of carbon dioxide and other emissions.

This is why energy efficiency and alternative fuels play the central role in our environmental approach.

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Our operations

Our objective is to make our production process CO2-neutral. We opened the world’s first CO2-neutral plant in 2007. And our first CO2-neutral dealer opened in 2008.

It doesn’t stop there. This work is expanding globally to cover as many of our factories, transportation methods and dealerships as possible.

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Tomorrow’s world

We’re not waiting on the future. We’re shaping it. Each of the following projects underpins our long term environmental strategy, and shows how we’ll contribute to sustainable development over the next decade and beyond.

It doesn’t stop there. This work is expanding globally to cover as many of our factories, transportation methods and dealerships as possible.

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Platooning

Platooning is a transformative development that’ll deliver a number of benefits. Most notably, up to a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and lower CO2 emission.

How far off? We completed first phase testing in 2012.

Zone management

This technology matches the truck’s behaviour to restrictions imposed by its location or the time of day. For example, a truck would perform night deliveries at reduced noise levels, or automatically switch to zero-emissions mode when entering a regulated zone.

How far off? Off-peak test is on-going in Stockholm

More fuels. More access.

Future fuels will be assessed against different criteria, like availability, costs, climate impact and energy efficiency. Since no single fuel will meet all the criteria, our trucks will be adapted for different fuels, like methane, HVO and DME.

How far off? Our methane and HVO trucks are already on the road. And DME isn’t far behind.

Electromobility

Producing close to zero emissions, electromobility dramatically reduces environmental impact. We’re currently testing a 400-metre track at our facility in Hällered, as we’re convinced there’s a future way to supply electricity to long distance vehicles.

How far off? Testing is on going.

SuperTruck

We’re a part of the SuperTruck programme with the US Department of Energy and the National Energy and Technology Laboratory. The goal is to dramatically improve the freight-moving efficiency of future trucks, and to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30%.

How far off? Some implementation is ongoing.

Together we’re stronger

Today, tomorrow and in the decades to come, we’ll do more for the environment if we all work together.

We’re convinced that innovations will provide at least some of the answers society is looking for. That’s why we’re working with research institutions and universities to develop technologies that increase fuel efficiency, and to develop and implement the use of alternative fuels in co-operation with the energy sector.