Volvo’s bus plant in Borås, Sweden has now become one of the first bus production facilities that relies solely on renewable energy.
All the energy that the factory uses comes from renewable sources, such as hydropower and biofuels. Volvo says the factory’s overall energy consumption has also been reduced by 15 per cent in just the past few years.
The Swedish plant produces around 10,000 bus chassis every year.
“We are of course very proud that we have reduced our climate impact by only using renewable sources and all the energy we purchase is fossil-free. The electricity comes from hydropower, our district heating is provided by biofuels, and the fork-lift trucks in the factory run on electricity or HVO, which is a renewable fuel,” says Joakim Wretman, production manager at the Volvo Buses Borås plant.
He adds: “For instance, we have replaced conventional fluorescent bulbs with LED light fittings and the manufacturing plant’s lighting is regulated automatically so it is only active during actual production. We also ensure that no electricity-consuming equipment remains switched on when it is not needed. We have noted immense enthusiasm on the part of all our employees, and our local partner has contributed both know-how and practical solutions.”
Andreas Carlén, energy efficiency & environment director at Volvo Buses, comments: “We regard our products in a lifecycle perspective and work tirelessly to reduce our environmental impact at every stage, from production, to daily operation, reuse and recycling. Up-to-date examples are our ongoing projects for repurposing our electric bus batteries, which can now enjoy a second life as energy storage units in homes.”