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Volvo Cars gets an A rating for leadership in climate action

Volvo Cars gets an A rating for leadership in climate action

Charles Buban

Leading international nonprofit organization Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) recently gave Volvo Cars an A-score for its sustainability strategy aimed at cutting emissions, mitigating climate risks, and becoming a climate-neutral company.

This places Volvo Cars in the highest tier of CDP’s climate change list, together with only a smaller number of companies. More than 13,000 companies participated by disclosing data on their environmental impacts, risks, and opportunities, and Volvo Cars’ high score reflects its position as a leader in environmental ambition and climate action.

“We are very proud to see that our hard work to cut emissions and become climate neutral is being recognized by CDP,” said Anders Kärrberg, head of global sustainability at Volvo Cars. “Receiving the prestigious A-score shows that we are on the right track, and hopefully, we can inspire other companies to do even more.”

Climate-neutral by 2040

Volvo Cars aims to become a fully electric car maker by 2030 and plans to roll out a whole new family of pure electric cars in coming years, one of the auto industry’s most ambitious electrification plans. This is part of its ambition to become a company by 2040, as it works to consistently cut carbon emissions across its business.

The company seeks to reduce the lifecycle carbon footprint per average car by 40 percent between 2018 and 2025, including reducing carbon emissions in its supply chain by 25 percent by 2025.

Volvo Cars is taking active steps to address these emissions, including through planned collaborations with Swedish steelmaker SSAB to develop fossil-free steel and with Swedish battery company Northvolt to develop and manufacture the next generation of sustainable battery cells.

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