Volvo steps up efforts to cut CO2 emissions

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Volvo Trucks is stepping up its efforts to reach its target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by 2010.

Volvo Trucks has worked in collaboration with Volvo Logistics to reduce its CO2 emissions from transport to and from its European factories over the last two years.

Åke Niklasson, chief executive of Volvo Logistics said that so far the results have been “promising”, and that it will now focus on “intensifying” its efforts to reach its 2010 target.

During the first year of the project, carbon dioxide emissions from factory transports were reduced by four per cent.

Efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions have focused on the below areas:

* Driver education for more fuel-efficient driving.
* Increased low blending of bio diesel into fossil diesel.
* Combined loading and new packaging for better transport efficiency.
* Increased co-ordination of land and sea transport, including new ships.
* More fuel-efficient vehicles and renewal of the vehicle fleet.
* Increased use of the modular system EMS with 25.25m long vehicle combinations.
 “Together with our transport partners, we have gone over our operations with a fine-toothed comb to find new areas showing potential for improvement. What’s more, in several cases our green initiatives have increased transport efficiency and reduced costs,” said Niklasson.

The company has also been involved in the Climate-neutral Freight Transportation (KNEG) joint project.


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