GREENSBORO, N.C. – Volvo Group North America announced today that it has achieved its goal of reduced energy consumption in the US Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge five years earlier than anticipated.
The company’s goal was a 25% reduction in energy consumption at its eight US manufacturing plants between 2009-2020. At the end of last year, Volvo Group, one of only 11 companies to meet its goal early, had reduced energy consumption by 26.8% compared with its 2009 baseline.
“One of the Volvo Group’s core values is environmental care, so we are pleased to be among a select few companies to achieve our goal under the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge early,” said Rick Robinson, director of health, safety and environment for the Volvo Group North America. “Reaching this milestone required the diligence and dedication of all our employees, and we will continue to strive for improved energy efficiency.”
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz commented: “As the Better Buildings Initiative enters its fourth year, leaders continue to showcase how saving energy saves money, creates jobs, and most importantly, accelerates the nation’s competitiveness in the clean energy economy while preserving our environment for generations to come.”
Volvo Group has been recognized for its leadership in energy efficiency in the recent past. Late last year, it announced that three of its manufacturing sites – Macungie, New River Valley and Hagerstown – held the top three positions in DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program, recording the highest energy performance improvements among Platinum level partners.