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Carbon-reduction support from Volvo CE

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Volvo Construction Equipment offer tailored support for customers to reach carbon-reduction goals

IN a shared commitment to reduce their environmental impact, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) are making it easier for customers to reach their own carbon-reduction goals with personalized plans.

Taking advantage of the breadth of their existing solutions and services, Volvo CE have developed a step-by-step approach with their CO2 Reduction Program to help customers realize their own unique goals towards carbon neutrality.

‘There is no one-size-fits-all solution and every customer’s business is different, which is why these tailored solutions offer a practical way to make significant improvements to how machines are used on site today and in the future,’ said Niklas Nillroth, head of sustainability and public affairs at Volvo CE.

‘Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and one of the most important actions we can take is to help reduce our customers’ emissions. The services we use have been built on decades of innovation here at Volvo CE, but now, for the first time, we are bringing them together in one cohesive programme that can be individually tailored to best fit our customers’ needs.’

The CO2 Reduction Program is designed to be easily integrated into customer’s plans, whilst maintaining required levels of profitability and productivity, and is based on four simple steps:

Insight – Volvo CE start by understanding where the customer currently is in terms of carbon emissions and establishing a baseline to compare against. Using telematics data from connected machines, Volvo CE determine the CO2 footprint for all machines on site – no matter the brand. Mapping this data allows the customer to visualize the impact of carbon reduction changes over time.

Analyse – Experts at Volvo CE analyse the customer’s machine data and conduct a site study to understand how the material flow, fleet composition, and operator behaviour affects the emissions on their site(s). Volvo CE then illustrate where improvements can be made and what actions need to be taken to reduce CO2/tonne. Using Volvo Site Simulation, the experts reveal to the customer the impact of these improvements to help motivate real change.

Improve – After identifying the specific actions required, Volvo CE help the customer to implement them. This will vary from customer to customer, but Volvo CE will provide support with key services such as Eco Operator training and other efficiency services such as Efficient Load Out – or plan a smooth transition towards electric machines.

Sustain – At this stage the customer will already start seeing the rewards of their efforts, both economically and environmentally. However, the final step is for Volvo CE to support in sustaining these efforts, by continuously monitoring the CO2 level over time, to make sure that the improvements reduce emissions and customers do not slip back into old habits. Volvo CE will also look for new ways to reduce emissions even further in the future.

Volvo CE say the customer programme is one of many initiatives they have devised towards the necessary transformation within the construction sector. The company has set an industry-leading target to reach net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 – with a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions across its own operations and a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions across product use as early as 2030.

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