Volvo To Have World's First CO2-Free Auto Plant
Volvo wants to make its Tuve (which is in Göteborg, as far as I know) truck plant CO2-free. To achieve that goal, the plant will be heated and powered solely by biofuels and wind power. Volvo will first try to achieve energy savings of 20% through efficiency and, in partnership with Göteborg Energi, they will build five large wind farms and a biofuel plant next to the Tuve Volvo plant. The construction is expected to be finished during 2007. "The five wind power plants alone will increase the amount of wind-power generated electricity in Sweden by 4%." But Volvo doesn't intend to stop there, they also plan to make more of their installations CO2-free in the future.Here is a quote from Volvo’s Chief Executive Officer, Leif Johansson:
The Greenhouse Effect is a reality and the automotive industry has a specific responsibility for coping with emissions of carbon dioxide. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is no easy task, but the issue is so important that I believe we must be prepared to try out a variety of different alternatives, if we really want to succeed. Our investment in the Tuve plant is one such effort.
This is not solely an admirable environmental effort. We also expect that it will eventually be profitable on a purely commercial basis. [...]
This is an area in which Volvo can truly make a contribution. If all our plants in Sweden were made CO2-free, the reduction would correspond to a full one percent of Sweden’s total emissions of carbon dioxide.
::Volvo launches world's first CO2-free automotive plant, via Green Car Congress