Volvo Group North America recently joined the US Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants Supply Chain Initiative, recruiting eight Volvo Group vendors to commit to reducing energy consumption by 25% over 10 years. The Volvo Group is the first trucking OEM to participate in the Better Plant Supply Chain Initiative.
“The Volvo Group is a global leader when it comes to a commitment to the environment and sustainability,” Rick Robinson, director of health, safety and environment for Volvo Group North America, says. “As a current participant in the Better Buildings, Better Plants program, it was natural that we would take the next step and participate in the supply chain program, actively promoting environmental stewardship to our suppliers and encouraging them to also pledge to reduce energy consumption at their facilities.”
According to the DOE, 85% of energy consumption occurring in the US is a result of the industrial supply chain, a majority of which is comprised of small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies. Facilitating energy efficiency in the supply chains and creating resources for these companies can significantly affect energy performance, improve the economic competitiveness of the US, and enhance domestic energy resilience.
For these reasons, the DOE developed the supply chain initiative. In addition to Volvo Group North America, four other partners are participating in the program.
Volvo Group North America already participates in the DOE Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge. Since re-pledging the challenge in 2014, the Volvo Group improved energy performance at 14 of its US facilities by 17.5%. The Volvo Group improved its performance by 44% since joining the challenge in 2012.
“Leading American manufacturing companies like the Volvo Group are taking decisive action to improve energy performance,” Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the DOE, says. “Not only is the Volvo Group leveraging the resources of the Better Plants program for their own plants, but they are also engaging their suppliers to partner with the DOE to drive energy and energy cost savings within their supply chain, thereby showing leadership by reducing costs, saving energy, and driving job growth.”
Volvo Group North America’s performance reflects efforts at eight manufacturing facilities in the US:
- Volvo Trucks, Dublin, Virginia
- Volvo Group Powertrain, Hagerstown, Maryland
- Mack Trucks, Macungie, Pennsylvania
- Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
- Volvo Penta, Lexington, Tennessee
- Volvo Bus, Plattsburgh, New York
- Volvo Group Remanufacturing, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Volvo Group Remanufacturing, Middletown, Pennsylvania
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs nearly 100,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2018, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to about $43 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
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