Volvo Cars’s Torslanda facility goes climate-neutral with biogas
Volvo Cars counts a manufacturing site as fully climate-neutral when it registers no net increase in the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere as a result of the electricity and heating used by the plant.
The Torslanda facility, the company’s oldest site, has been powered by climate-neutral electricity since 2008. It now also has climate-neutral heating. Half of the plant’s heating comes from biogas while the other half is predominantly sourced from district heating through industrial waste heat.
This makes Torslanda the second plant in Volvo’s overall manufacturing network to reach this status, after the Skovde engine plant, also in Sweden, became climate-neutral in 2018.
“Establishing Torslanda as our first climate-neutral car plant is a significant milestone,” said Javier Varela, head of industrial operations and quality at Volvo Cars.
“We are committed to having a climate-neutral manufacturing network by 2025 and this achievement is a sign of our determination as we consistently work to reduce our impact on the environment.”
Torslanda is also reducing the amount of energy it uses. Targeted improvements in its operations last year resulted in annualised energy savings of almost 7,000 MWh, equivalent to the energy usage of more than 450 family homes in Sweden.
In the coming years, the company plans to make further efficiency upgrades to the facility’s lighting and heating systems, among other things, which should result in further annual energy savings of approximately 20,000 MWh by 2023.
To achieve its climate goals, Volvo Cars needs the full support of local partners in government and business to access climate-neutral electricity and heating. Additionally, Volvo Cars will develop renewable electricity generation capacity on-site.