Volvo Trucks' New River Valley plant

Energy Improvements at New River Valley

Volvo’s New River Valley plant in Southwestern Virginia is an industry leader in environmental care, which has been one of the company’s core values since 1972.

Time and again, the Volvo Trucks New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant has been recognized for ground-breaking achievements in environmental care.

The  plant, which manufactures all Volvo trucks sold in North America, achieved zero landfill status in 2013. All waste generated is recycled, composted or converted to electricity. At 1.6 million square feet, NRV is one of the Volvo Group’s largest plants in the world, and is the Group’s first in North America to reach the zero landfill goal. 

In 2012, NRV became the first facility in the nation to receive dual certifications from the top U.S. and international standards organizations for energy efficiency. The plant was certified to the international ISO-50001 energy-management standard and also received platinum-level certification to the Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance standard.

These certifications came less than a year after NRV became the first company to fulfill a 10-year pledge to reduce energy intensity per unit by 25 percent under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program. To achieve these impressive results, the plant made several facility improvements, such as adding new automation systems and solar hot water heaters. Volvo also asked employees for energy-saving ideas, and will reinvest the savings from these projects – about $1.2 million to date – into future efficiency efforts.

In 2014, NRV achieved another sustainability milestone by converting to electricity that is generated 100 percent by landfill gas emitted from facilities in the region.