Working for a Better Tomorrow
Sustainability can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Businesses that don’t integrate this fully into their processes are dying out. It is no longer a bonus point. It’s a requirement for success. At Volvo Penta, we believe in working on tomorrow’s sustainable solutions, continuously improving our products. Our work with environmental, social and economic sustainability is aimed at better performance in our field as well as a better tomorrow.
At Volvo Penta, we strive to make engine performance and reduced environmental impact go hand in hand. When developing new products, it’s a top priority to continuously reduce the engine emissions and fuel consumption as well as finding new innovations to reduce potential risks for safety related incidents. However, our commitment extends beyond our products and services. We constantly evaluate our business’ impact throughout the entire value chain – from economic, social and environmental points of view. We closely monitor the footprint of our suppliers and dealers, making sure they live up to the same high standards. By thoroughly embracing this mindset we can stay competitive, provide our customers with state-of-the-art technology and move toward a sustainable future at the same time.
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As diesel engines evolve, emissions levels drop. In the EU, US and Japan, emissions have reduced between 75% and 95% over the past 20 years. With requirements being applied more widely, other countries aren't too far behind. At Volvo Penta, we welcome tougher legislation. Complying with current emissions regulations and legislation is imperative, but through constant work with new technologies and our renown innovations, we strive to stay one step ahead – prepared for the requirements of the future.
HVO (hydro-treated vegetable oil) can be used neat or blended with conventional diesel in all Volvo Penta diesel engines. Since the fuel is stable and maintains a high quality it is suitable for both marine and industrial power systems. Depending on the feedstock of the HVO, the fossil CO2 emissions can be reduced with up to 90%. Volvo Penta sees an increasing interest from our customers for alternative fuels like HVO. We are proud to say that all our diesel engines are HVO compatible since 2016. And we keep working to find more sustainable solutions that are favorable for both our customers’ businesses and the environment.
Hydro-treated vegetable oil – a synthetic fuel for your diesel engine
HVO is a renewable, paraffinic fuel produced from either vegetable or animal sources. Hydrogen is added when producing HVO. The hydrogen combines with the oxygen, which removes water from the fuel. Due to this treatment, HVO is a stable and sustainable fuel.
HVO is specified in the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) standard EN 15940 for paraffinic fuels made from synthesis or hydrotreatment.
Differences between diesel and HVO
HVO has a substantially higher cetane number (ignitability) but also somewhat lower density compared to diesel. This leads to a substantial reduction of particulates (soot) but can also lead to a slight decrease in power and a slight increase in volumetric fuel consumption. HVO is also sulfur free.
HVO shall be treated as diesel fuel and works in the exact same way when it comes to service and installation. It is user-friendly and applicable to all diesel engines from Volvo Penta.
HVO lives up to high Volvo Penta standards
The Volvo Group including Volvo Penta, has been conducting measurements and tests on HVO for more than a decade.
The testing process includes for example fuel consumption and performance, which has given Volvo Penta an extensive experience in the qualities and possibilities possessed by HVO.
Environmental requirements for Volvo Group production facilities are followed at all Volvo Penta production facilities. We look at each part of our process in turn, and make the necessary changes to lower our impact. By switching the energy sources for our heating and electricity, for example, we dramatically reduce the climate impact from our factories. Today, some of our factories and buildings meet our most stringent internal standard and have nearly zero CO2 emissions for their operations. Our production plant in Vara became one of the first ISO 14001 certified factories in Sweden, today all our operation are ISO 14001 certified and our plant in Lexington (USA) is also ISO 18001 certified.