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Volvo Environmental Milestones

 

CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

 

  • 1945 Volvo starts remanufacturing using used car parts
  • 1972 Global environmental conference in Stockholm: Volvo raises critical role of the car in society
  • 1972 Volvo becomes first automaker to declare commitment at UN Conference on the Environment.
  • 1974 Oxidising catalytic converter – forerunner of today's units
  • 1976 Three-way catalytic converter with Lambda sensor removes up to 95% of noxious exhaust gases
  • 1982 Torslanda plant begins to use waste heat from local oil refinery
  • 1987 Torslanda water treatment plant removes 90% of harmful effluents
  • 1989 Volvo adopts new, proactive environmental policy
  • 1989 Volvo introduces Life-cycle assessment using EPS (Environmental Priority Strategies in product design)
  • 1989 Volvo demonstrates technology for alcohol power: the cleanest car ever tested
  • 1989 Volvo introduces internal environmental audits
  • 1989 Plastic materials in Volvo cars marked to facilitate recycling
  • 1991 Volvo shows the first CFC-free (Chlorofluorocarbons) car
  • 1991 Paintshop at Torslanda plant is world's cleanest
  • 1992 Volvo ECC (Environmental Concept Car) unveiled – a trendsetter for environmental cars of the future
  • 1992 Asbestos eliminated from car production
  • 1993 CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) deleted from the air conditioning systems of all new production Volvo cars
  • 1994 ECRIS, a new research facility for environmentally optimised dismantling
  • 1995 Volvo Bi-Fuel, the first generation of Volvo's cars built to run on methane gas
  • 1995 Introduction of standards to improve dealers' environmental activities
  • 1995 Volvo launches Car & Eco Care, a range of car-care products with a low ecological impact
  • 1996 Volvo's Dialogue on the environment course provides training for all employees in environmental issues
  • 1996 Volvo introduces environmental requirements for suppliers
  • 1998 Volvo introduces PremAir® – a radiator coating which can convert harmful ground-level ozone into pure oxygen
  • 1998 Volvo Cars is world's first carmaker to introduce EPIs (Environmental Product Information) for cars
  • 1999 Introduction of new Interior Air Quality System (IAQS)
  • 1999 Tenth award of Volvo Environment Prize
  • 2000 ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) tailpipe technology available worldwide
  • 2001 New generation of Bi-Fuel cars introduced
  • 2002 Volvo Adventure – our environmental programme for young people
  • 2002 PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) engine introduced in California
  • 2002 New Volvo Cars designed for 85% recoverability
  • 2003 Volvo Cars achieves global ISO 14001 certification
  • 2004 Introduction of particulate filters for diesel engines
  • 2004 First V8 engine in the world to fulfill ULEV II
  • 2004 Volvo 3CC – a sustainable mobility concept for the future
  • 2004 First Volvo car under 5 litre/100 km – the S40 1.6D manual
  • 2005 Volvo S40/V50 FlexiFuel cars built to run on renewable (E85) ethanol
  • 2006 Volvo S80 Clean Zone Interior Package - air quality recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association
  • 2006 Volvo V70 Multifuel concept car launched - capable to run on 5 fuels: Biomethane, CNG, Hythane, Bioethanol E85 and Petrol
  • 2006 Volvo C30 introduced - smallest car ever introduced by Volvo
  • 2006 Volvo C30 FFV introduced - and Volvo S40/V50/C30 FlexiFuel introduced at 10 new markets

 

For more in-depth information on how Volvo is partnering with the environment, read Volvo’s Environmental Product Declaration and other related information, which can be accessed on our website:

http://www.volvocars.com/EPI

 

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