Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has developed a step-by-step approach with a CO2 Reduction Program to help customers realise their own unique goals towards carbon neutrality.
Volvo says that there is no one-size-fits-all solution as every customer’s business is different, which is why these tailored solutions offer a practical way to make significant improvements to how machines are used on site today and in the future.
Niklas Nillroth, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs at the company, says: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and one of the most important actions we can take is to help reduce our customers’ emissions. It is vital to get everyone involved and make it easy to contribute as part of one’s daily work. Every step on the path to net zero counts.”
“The services we use have been built on decades of innovation here at Volvo CE, but now for the first time we are bringing them together in one cohesive program that can be individually tailored to best fit our customers’ needs.”
CO2 reduction in four steps
The CO2 Reduction Program is designed to be easily integrated into customer’s plans, while maintaining required levels of profitability and productivity, and is based on four simple steps:
- Insights –Volvo CE starts by understanding where the customer currently is in terms of carbon emissions and establishing a baseline to compare against. Using telematics data from connected machines, the company determines the CO2 footprint for all machines on site – no matter the brand. Mapping this data then allows the customer to visualise the impact of carbon reduction changes over time.
- Analyse –The experts at the company analyse the customer’s machine data and conduct a site study to understand how the material flow, fleet composition, and operator behaviour affects the emissions on their site(s). The company then illustrates where improvements can be made and what actions need to be taken to reduce CO2 /ton. Using Volvo Site Simulation, the experts reveal to the customer the impact of these improvements to help motivate real change.
- Improve –After identifying the specific actions required, the company helps the customer to implement them. This will vary from customer to customer, but Volvo CE is there to support with key services such as Eco Operator training and other efficiency services such as Efficient Load Out – or plan a smooth transition towards electric machines.
- Sustain –At this stage the customer will already start seeing the rewards of their efforts, both economically and environmentally. However, the final step is for Volvo CE to support in sustaining these efforts, by continuously monitoring the CO2 level over time, to make sure that the improvements reduce emissions and customers do not slip back into old habits. The company will also look for new ways to reduce emissions even further in the future.
This customer program is one of many initiatives devised by the company towards the needed transformation within the industry. The company has set an industry leading target to reach net zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 – with a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions across its own operations and a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions across product use as early as 2030.