Volvo’s largest Chinese plant goes 100% renewable

The new plant will cut 11,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and help achieve climate-neutral manufacturing by 2025

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Volvo Cars will now power its largest plant in China with clean energy.

The manufacturing plant in the city of Chengdu, China will now be powered with 100% renewable electricity, which is expected to reduce the plant’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 11,000 tonnes annually.

The clean-energy powered plant will help to achieve climate-neutral manufacturing and reduce overall carbon footprint by 40%, by 2025.

The company seeks to become fully climate neutral by 2040.

It says 65% of the energy will be sourced from hydropower, while the remainder will be secured from solar and wind energy.

Javier Varela, Head of Industrial Operations and Quality, said: “Our ambition is to reduce our carbon footprint through concrete, tangible actions. Securing a fully renewable electricity supply for our largest plant in China is a significant milestone and underlines our commitment to taking concrete, meaningful action.”