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.
In an ongoing effort to reduce our environmental impact, Volvo Penta has approved the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) – neat or blended with conventional diesel – in all of our diesel engines. HVO is a renewable, paraffinic fuel that is also referred to as “synthetic diesel” and can be produced from a variety of vegetable and animal sources. A reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 90% is possible depending on the feedstock used in the HVO production.
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.