Volvo Trucks plans to rely on wind-power and biofuels to supply electricity and heating for its Ghent, Belgium, assembly plant, thereby resulting in no net contribution of carbon dioxide resulting from vehicle production to the atmosphere.
This is the Volvo Truck’s second assembly to become “carbon-dioxide-free.” The Volvo Trucks Tuve plant in Sweden became the first such plant last year.
The company is adding three wind-power generating stations beside the Ghent plant along with a new biofuel production facility; Belgian firm Electrabel is handling the construction. The project is due to come online in 2007.
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of trucks, it is our responsibility to handle carbon dioxide emissions in the best possible way and to reduce their effects.—Lars Mårtensson, Environmental Affairs director at Volvo Trucks
The Volvo Trucks assembly plant in Ghent, Volvo Europa Truck NV, currently relies mainly on natural gas for its heating. For some time now, Volvo Europa Truck NV has been working with a variety of projects aimed at reducing energy consumption in the plant.
With 1,500 employees, the Volvo Trucks plant in Gent makes the Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FL truck models. In 2005 the factory produced 30,400 vehicles, mostly for export to other markets throughout Europe.