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Volvo CE: First Company to Deliver Construction Machine Made Entirely of Fossil-Free Steel to Customer

Published on: 2 June 2022 05:55 PM
by KnowESG
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Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is the first manufacturer to deliver a construction machine made of fossil-free steel to a customer, marking the company's latest step toward carbon neutrality. As firms across the value chain work together to drive change, this highlights how innovation can be quickly translated into real-world solutions.

At a ceremony hosted by LeadIt – the Leadership Group for Industry Transition – in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting Stockholm +50, President of Volvo CE Melker Jernberg handed over the A30G articulated hauler built with fossil-free steel to long-time customer NCC.

John Kerry, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, and Annika Strandhäll, the Swedish Minister for Climate, attended the function.

The announcement comes just nine months after the company debuted the world's first vehicle design made entirely of fossil-free steel as part of the company's testing of the technology in a real-world setting. 

While commercialisation is intended to be phased in with a restricted group of clients, this quick first handover is a significant step forward in the group's mission of driving industrial transformation toward global climate targets. 

The A30G is manufactured at Volvo CE's Bras factory in Sweden, using the company's existing manufacturing process and fossil-free steel from SSAB.

Melker Jernberg said: "We are sure that to succeed in decarbonising the construction industry, actors in the value chain will need to collaborate and act. 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."

Tomas Carlsson, CEO and President of NCC, commented:

"NCC has a firm commitment to contribute to sustainable development. We are working determinedly and systematically to reach that target, which includes selecting machines that live up to our high demands. As demonstrated in this great example, it takes strong and proactive partnerships between several players to make the sustainable shift possible."

Volvo CE plans to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 as part of its Science-Based Targets commitment. In addition to electrifying its machinery, the company understands the necessity of minimising its carbon footprint throughout its whole value chain. 

Source: PR Newswire

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