We know Volvo likes to be clean green and sustainable. More than two years ahead of schedule, Volvo has already achieved its end of 2020 WWF Climate Savers commitment, aimed at reducing the amount of energy the company produces in its plants. The company had originally planned an ambitious target to save 40 gigawatt hours (GWh) across its factories from 2014 to 2020. But in fact, employees have already saved a total of 44 GWh – enough energy to power almost 1,500 houses for an entire year.
Volvo CE has achieved its target thanks to a determined effort across its global manufacturing facilities.
Meanwhile, with more than 300 pieces of large production equipment and 110,000 m2 of floor space, reducing energy usage in Volvo CE’s headquarters in Eskilstuna, Sweden, isn’t easy. “By being more conscious of idle electricity, and making small changes to everyday behaviors, we’ve managed to save more than 10 GWh,” explains Boris Radojcic, Energy Leader, at Volvo CE. “All of the improvements we’ve made so far have been achieved with either no investment or a very small one.”
Reduced Energy = Reduced Cost
While this achievement will inevitably reduce the company’s wider environmental impact, there are also other added benefits.
Birgitta Sjögren, Project Manager from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, says: “The most obvious benefit is the cost reduction associated with using less energy. Volvo CE has managed to achieve something positive for the environment. In addition to this, working with energy efficiency has brought about many non-energy benefits, which have helped to improve safety, quality, and productivity.
Lastly, by making continuous improvements in the area of energy management, we are also training the organization to work with continuous improvements in all other areas. The energy use of a plant tells you a lot about its overall level of operational excellence and we can see the potential for future improvements.”
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