April - Berlin

Then we take Berlin: Germany is Europe’s engine of green development, pioneering in renewable energy sources, ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and growth of the environmental goods and services (EGS) sector. The German market is likely to lead the way in the demand for new responsible and sustainable developments. It’s a picture where the Volvo Trucks range fits right in, steadily offering higher performance and fuel efficiency, and reduced environmental impact over the full product lifecycle. Here is the range on parade at monumental Berlin Tempelhof, “the Mother of all Airports”.


The future is green

A pioneer in Green Economy, Germany has more leading sustainable companies than Britain, USA and Japan combined. Green policies are implemented in energy taxation, renewable-energy promotion, green infrastructure, and sustainable transportation. Nuclear power is being phased out. Coal power plants are shut down. Green pioneering is however not restricted to macroeconomics. It’s part of everyday life. The examples are plenty. Materials made from renewable sources are preferred. Waste separation and recycling is mandatory. More categories of consumer goods have green labelling. Plastic shopping bags are being banned and replaced with paper bags. City centres get automobile restrictions. Germany leads and other countries will follow. This is where Volvo’s environmental commitment makes a difference. A truck brand with a strong commitment to sustainability will be the preference of tomorrow.


DME, methane or whatever

Let’s talk alternative fuels. If the general idea is to go non-fossil, what can we use instead of diesel? Only recently, Volvo Trucks introduced DME-fuelled trucks for the North American market. Dimethyl ether can be derived from fossil sources as well as renewable ones, and as a diesel alternative it means a drastic reduction of NOX, CO2 and particulars. We are, however, a long way away from an infrastructure that would ensure sufficient fuel availability. Today, methane looks like the best short-term alternative to diesel. With methane, there is a choice between fossil and renewable sources, although availability remains a problem. What will come out in the end as a long-term replacement depends on environmental, legal, political, technological, economic and infrastructural factors. Whatever. You can depend on Volvo Trucks to provide the leading solution.