Volvo CE Builds Fossil-free Steel Construction Machine - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions  -  June 2, 2022

Volvo CE Builds Fossil-free Steel Construction Machine

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) delivered a construction machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer in the company’s latest step on its path toward carbon neutrality.

The A30G articulated hauler built using fossil-free steel was handed over by President of Volvo CE Melker Jernberg to long-standing customer NCC on June 1 2022 at a ceremony hosted by LeadIt, the Leadership Group for Industry Transition – in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting Stockholm +50. It was attended by John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy to Climate and Annika Strandhäll, Swedish Minister for Climate.

 The move comes just nine months after the company unveiled the world’s first vehicle concept using fossil-free steel, as part of the testing of the implementation in an ordinary production setup. 

Commercial introduction is expected to be gradual with selected customers. The A30G is produced at Volvo CE’s Braås facility in Sweden, using the existing manufacturing process, with fossil-free steel from Swedish steel company SSAB.

 “We are sure that to succeed in decarbonizing the construction industry, actors in the value chain will need to collaborate and act,” Melker Jernberg said in a statement. “Thanks to our strong partnerships with other driven and forward-thinking companies, we are now able to lead the change towards fossil-free construction and be the first to deliver a machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer. Turning commitments into actions is key to building the world we want to live in.”

 Volvo CE is set to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and the company has a plan to conduct electrification of its machines and will reduce its carbon footprint across its entire value chain. This includes the raw materials used in its products, of which steel is a major component. The production using fossil-free steel in Volvo CE’s machines and components will be gradual and depend on aspects such as steel availability.

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