The Earth’s climate system is out of balance. Turning the trend in the right direction is one of the greatest challenges Man has ever faced. It is also by far the most important environmental issue for those of us who work in the transport sector. How are we to meet the continuously increasing need for transportation, generate profitability for our customers and at the same time reduce emissions of greenhouse gases? Without transportation, society will grind to a halt. However, if trends continue as they have so far, we will eventually find ourselves in a dead-end.
Our response to these challenges include energy efficiency and alternative fuels, It is a strategy that encompasses our entire business, who we choose to use as partners and the decisions we make for the future.
Over the past few decades emissions of substances from transportation have fallen substantially in the OECD countries, and are predicted to fall further over the forthcoming decades. Furthermore, diesel fuels with low sulphur content have been introduced. This has resulted in major improvements in air quality. But transport also continues to grow, in particular in those parts of the world experiencing major economic growth.
At Volvo Trucks we are working to reduce harmful emissions and are developing and commercialising technological solutions to meet even tougher emission requirements.
Hybrid technology and alternative fuels
Most of the energy used today comes from non-renewable energy sources such as oil and natural gas and coal. There are many convincing reasons for looking into alternative fuels and drivelines, and a step in the right direction is hybrid solutions to use available fuels in the most efficient way.
We are also exploring alternative fuels such as biodiesel, synthetic diesel (e.g. HVO), DME (Dimethyl ether), methanol/ethanol, biogas and hydrogen, because unlike fossil fuels, some of these fuels are close to CO2-neutral and add no extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.