Volvo & the Environment

We’re proud to have environmental responsibility as one of our core values.

As a car manufacturer and retailer we have a huge responsibility to ensure we reduce our environmental impact to the greatest extent, but this also gives us the opportunity to change car design, build and ownership for the better. Whether it’s how we build or design our cars, or how we try to educate the next generations on the environment, we’re proud to have environmental responsibility as one of our core values.

Some of our main aims include eliminating single use plastics from our offices, canteens and events by the end of 2019 and making our entire manufacturing operation climate neutral by 2025.

Volvo Cars also has an ambition that at least 25% of all plastics in cars launched after 2025 will be made from recycled material. This is the most progressive statement around the use of recycled plastic by any premium automotive manufacturer.

The XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid demo car

In support of UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign and to demonstrate the viability of this ambition, we have created this specially-built version of our Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV. The car looks identical to the existing model but more than 170 parts are replaced with parts containing recycled materials – reusing more than 60kg of materials. We will use this vehicle to help shape our future use of recycled plastic.

The unseen ocean

1 in 5 children in Britain have never seen or paddled in the sea. It’s worrying to think that the destiny of the ocean is in the hands of a generation who feel little connection to it. A film by Volvo follows Tom Franklin as he continues with his mission to help the next generation fall in love with it.

Although he grew up in London, Tom Franklin spent his childhood summers exploring rock pools and paddling on the beaches of Cornwall. It was the start of a love affair with the ocean that would grow stronger throughout his life. As an ocean swimmer, environmentalist and primary school teacher, Tom has always promoted ocean literacy and conservation. But when he transferred to an inner-city school, Tom was shocked to discover that many of the children had never paddled in or even seen the sea. Not only were children missing out on the joy and fascination that the sea can bring, it was also revealing a bigger problem – one that threatens the ocean’s long-term prospects.