Volvo Cars’s manufacturing plant in Daqing, China, is now powered by 100% climate-neutral electricity, with 83% coming from biomass.
With the addition of the Daqing plant, the company’s global manufacturing network is now powered by close to 90% climate-neutral electricity, a key step towards its goal of making its manufacturing operations climate-neutral by 2025.
The Daqing plant in Heilongjiang province will be powered by electricity generated from biomass (83%) and wind power (17%), which is estimated to bring down the plant’s annual CO2 emissions by around 34,000 tonnes. The biomass power plants that supply the facility are using locally and sustainably-sourced agricultural and forestry residues.
“For us at Volvo Cars, sustainability is as important as safety,” said Javier Varela, senior vice president of industrial operations and quality.
“To achieve our ambitious climate targets, tackling emissions from our manufacturing network is crucial and I am very pleased that Daqing is now powered by 100% climate-neutral electricity.”
For the company to achieve its target by 2025, it must find local partners in government and business that support the development of sustainable alternatives.
“We can only achieve our climate action targets by working together with our suppliers,” said Varela. “We are encouraged by the support we have received so far in China and aim to be a benchmark of sustainability for its manufacturing industry.”
Volvo Cars’s climate-neutral manufacturing target is part of its wider climate plan. The centrepiece of this ambitious plan is its aim to be a fully electric car brand by 2030, with only pure electric cars in its line-up.