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May 18, 2018

Volvo Cars bans single-use plastics

Volvo Cars to remove single-use plastics from all offices, canteens and events
Volvo Cars will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019. The decision reflects our support of the UN environment Clean Seas campaign, and underlines our ambition to minimise its global environmental footprint. Volvo Cars will replace over 20 million single-use plastic items such as cups, food containers and cutlery with more environmentally-friendly alternatives like biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood. This equates to the removal of over 500 plastic items per employee per year, and an estimated saving of 140 tonnes of single-use plastic.

The switch will be implemented incrementally. By the end of 2018, single-use plastics will be removed from global events such as car launches, as well as from all offices and restaurants in Volvo Cars facilities around the globe.

In 2019, all national sales companies (NSCs) will eradicate single-use plastics from their operations and events.

“Action from the private sector is key to making progress in the fight against plastic pollution and raising awareness. We cannot wait for a binding legislative agreement,” said Lisa Emelia Svensson, Director of Ocean at UN Environment. “In the next 10 to 15 years global plastic production is projected to nearly double, parts of which will end up in oceans if we do not change today. We welcome Volvo Cars saying no to single-use plastics and it’s great to see it leading by example.”

“Plastics pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of our time,” said Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability at Volvo Cars. “We take our responsibility seriously. We must play our part in helping tackle this global problem.”

Volvo Cars is committed to reducing the environmental impact of both our products and operations. In 2017, we announced an industry-leading commitment to electrify all new Volvo cars launched after 2019. Last month, we reinforced this strategy by making public our aim for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of global sales by 2025.

In terms of operations, Volvo Cars aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. In January this year, the engine plant in Skövde, Sweden, became our first climate-neutral facility.