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April 11, 2019

Celebration time: Volvo Cars’ recycled plastics ambition recognized

The XC60 already won numerous awards in recent years, including North American Truck of the Year and World Car of the Year. Now a special version of our best-selling SUV, built to demonstrate the viability of our recycled plastics ambition, has won an award of its own.

Last spring we revealed a special version of our XC60 T8 Twin Engine. It looked exactly the same as any other XC60 with that badge, but that was sort of the point: even though it had several of its plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials, we wanted to show that such an exchange did not have to come at the cost of quality, design or comfort. Click here to watch our sustainability expert Stuart Templar explain the ins and outs of the car.

This week, the car was put in the spotlight at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, an annual event that highlights innovations in the recycled plastics industry. At a special ceremony in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the specially-built XC60 won the award for Automotive, Electrical or Electronic Product of the Year. The ceremony was attended by several members of the project team within the Volvo Cars’ R&D department that built the car.

This is a wonderful moment for the project and for Volvo Cars as a whole,” says Gunilla Karlsson, one of our senior engineers who received the award in Amsterdam on behalf of Volvo Cars. “With this car, we demonstrated the viability of our recycled plastics ambition. To be recognised for our work with this award is very motivating.”

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Our recycled plastics ambition is one of the most progressive statements on the use of recycled plastics made by any car maker: from 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car should be made from recycled material. Another important element of this ambition is to work more closely with suppliers on developing more sustainable components: after all, we cannot do this all by ourselves. Many of our suppliers have already answered the call, but we still need more of them to work with us going forward.

The recycled plastics ambition is one of several initiatives designed to limit our impact on the environment: other initiatives include our decision to go all-electric in coming years, our ambition to make our manufacturing network climate-neutral by 2025 and the ongoing removal of single-use plastics from our operations.


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