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Leaving a gentle footprint on earth

Volvo Cars is committed to protecting and improving the environment and wider society, as well as the lives of our own customers and employees. Our sustainability programme guide our strategic and operational decisions.


Climate neutral operations by 2025

At Volvo Cars, we’re aiming to become a carbon-neutral manufacturer in less than a decade. We want all our manufacturing operations to be carbon neutral by 2025, so we’re constantly improving our energy efficiency and energy supply arrangements, including through sourcing renewable energy.  

We are making good progress. In January 2018, our engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, became our first plant in the Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach climate-neutral statusmarking an important step towards our 2025 vision.

“The Skövde plant achievement is an important addition to our broader efforts in minimising our environmental footprint,” says Javier Varela, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars. “We are pleased to be a leader within the automotive industry in the move towards climate-neutral manufacturing.” 

No fatalities or serious injuries

at Volvo Cars

Safety at work is a part of our everyday habits. We empower our staff by sharing best practices, raising awareness and increasing training. We have demanding goals on risk observation and safe behaviour and we are strengthening our safety culture with Lean Leadership training and a new Global Health Promotion programme.

For Michael Gustavsson, Senior Director Health And Safety “taking care of our people is at the core of what we do at Volvo Cars. Our commitment to making occupational risks and hazards a thing of the past is supported by our strong culture.”

Diverse and inclusive culture

By the end of this decade, at least 35% of our top managers should be non-Swedish nationals, and 35% of our leading positions should be held by women – the largest share in the automotive industry.

Katarina Matson, Senior Expert Culture and Diversity, explains that at Volvo Cars, “in a deeply global, connected world, our leadership continues to promote dynamic, respectful and inclusive working environments for every individual – regardless of gender or nationality.”


CO2 emissions per manufactured vehicle (tonnes/vehicle) in 2016, down from 0.12 in 2012 (European operations)


emissions of CO2, down from 61,700 in 2012 (European operations)


emissions of our cars (EU fleet average in CO2 g/km) down from 144 in 2012


Safer and cleaner mobility


Our role in society

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