All Volvo Group manufacturing plants in the U.S. have joined the U. S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program, a national effort to drive major improvements in energy efficiency across the country.
Under the program, plants commit to reducing their energy efficiency 25 percent over 10 years. Representatives from the DOE work with the plant staffs to establish performance metrics, evaluate energy-saving opportunities and organize training for employees.
The Volvo Trucks New River Valley facility has collaborated with the DOE in this mission since 2009, first through the Save Energy Now LEADER program and now through the expanded Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative. In 2011, Volvo became the first company to fulfill a 10-year pledge to the new program by reducing energy intensity per unit by 25 percent. Volvo achieved this aggressive target in only one year.