The Volvo Group in North America furthered its commitment to energy efficiency by partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. As part of the program, Volvo pledged to reduce its energy intensity by 25 percent during a 10-year period.
"The Volvo Group is committed to environmental care, which is one of the Group's core values," said Rick Robinson, director of health, safety and environment for the Volvo Group in North America. "Partnering with the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program offers us a unique opportunity to have the support of the DOE as we continue to invest in energy efficiency at all of our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities."
Eight Volvo Group manufacturing facilities in six U.S. states will participate in the program, which is designed to help companies reduce energy costs, strengthen competitiveness and promote greater energy security.
The Volvo Trucks manufacturing facility in Dublin, Va. has partnered with the DOE since 2009, first through the Save Energy Now LEADER program and now through the expanded Better Buildings, Better Plants Program.
The new partnership agreement expands Volvo Group's participation to all U.S. manufacturing sites, including the Volvo Trucks manufacturing site in Dublin, Va., Mack Trucks plant in Macungie, Pa., Powertrain facility in Hagerstown, Md., and the Remanufacturing sites in Middletown, Pa. and Charlotte, N.C.; Volvo Penta in Lexington, Tenn.; Volvo Bus in Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg, Pa.
More than 118 companies participate in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, representing more than 1,400 manufacturing facilities in nearly all 50 states.
"The Volvo Group's commitment to reducing its energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years establishes the company as a leader in industrial energy efficiency and helps advance the nation's progress toward a sustainable, clean-energy future," said Robert Ivester, acting director, advanced manufacturing office, DOE.
Waste generated by the facility, which manufactures all Volvo trucks sold in North America, is now recycled, composted or converted to electricity.