GREENSBORO, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized the Volvo Group North America (VGNA) for achieving energy savings for the second time. As a partner in the Better Plants Challenge, VGNA saved close to 26% of energy due to its greater efficiency efforts across its manufacturing footprint.
VGNA’s commitment to energy savings has allowed it to contribute to the $18.5 billion in energy, which, in turn, resulted in nearly 190 million metric tons of avoided carbon emissions for the Better Buildings, Better Plants Solution Center.
“Volvo Group is very pleased to be recognized by the DOE for achieving the goal that we have set under the Better Plants Challenge as it reinforces Volvo Group’s fundamental commitment to care for the environment,” said Rick Robinson, VGNA’s director of health, safety, and environment. “By embarking on the journey with the Better Plants Program, we pledged to cut our energy intensity by 25 percent in a decade. Through dedication, cooperation and the DOE’s guidance, we not only met but exceeded our energy intensity goals, which now stands reduced by 52.5 percent since our initial commitment in 2009 as a result of our sustainable business practices.”
VGNA’s journey toward energy efficiency has been marked by many significant achievements, such as:
- Surpassing First Goal in 2014: VGNA accomplished its initial goal five years ahead of schedule by achieving a 26.8 percent reduction in energy intensity.
- Meeting Second Goal in 2022: VGNA reached another pivotal milestone by reducing its energy intensity by an additional 25.7%.
- Overarching Achievement: Since 2009, VGNA has successfully reduced its energy intensity by 52.5 percent.
VGNA’s achievements in energy efficiency demonstrate its efforts at six Prevost Bus service centers and the following seven manufacturing facilities across the United States:
- Volvo Trucks, Dublin, Virginia
- Volvo Group Trucks Hagerstown
- Mack Trucks, Macungie, Pennsylvania
- Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
- Volvo Penta, Lexington, Tennessee
- Volvo Group Remanufacturing, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Volvo Group Remanufacturing, Middletown, Pennsylvania
In addition to its achievements with the program, VGNA actively participates in the DOE’s Better Plants Supply Chain Program as well. Through this program, VGNA has successfully recruited eight of its current suppliers to join the Better Plants Program, which extended the reach of its commitment to energy saving through its supply chain.
The Better Buildings Challenge is part of the overall Better Buildings Initiative, which the DOE uses to partner with over 900 public and private organizations and companies to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings more efficient.
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