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article imageTruck Maker Volvo Group joins WWF Climate Savers Program

By Martin Laine     Nov 4, 2010 in Environment
Sweden’s Volvo Group today became the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to sign on to the World Wide Fund’s Climate Savers Programme. The company is pledging to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicles by 13 million tons by 2014.
“The partnership with WWF means that we are raising our already-ambitious goals in relation to cutting the CO2 emissions of our products,” said Volvo CEO Leif Johansson in a company statement.
“The transport sector has a very large impact on the climate,” said Hakan Wirten, secretary-general of WWF Sweden. “Volvo Group aims to take leadership in the transport sector’s effort to combat climate change.”
WWF, originally known as the World Wildlife Fund, changed its name to World Wide Fund for Nature in 1986. The Climate Savers Programme was established a decade ago to encourage multinational corporations to take significant steps in reducing CO2 emissions. About 20 have signed on to the initiative.
Participating companies must commit to reducing carbon emissions in their products and operations in a significant and measurable amount. Independent technical experts will verify the reduction.
The agreement between WWF and the Volvo Group applies to Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks, and UD Trucks. Volvo’s line of passenger cars was sold to the Chinese automaker Geely last summer.
The company has already been a leader in environmentally-friendly measures. In 2007, it opened the world’s first CO2-neutral auto plant in Ghent, Begium, which is powered by wind-generated electricity.
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