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Volvo Group North America meets federal energy-use standard

Volvo Group North America said it achieved its goal of reduced energy consumption five years earlier than anticipated.

Volvo Group North America said it achieved its goal of reduced energy consumption in the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge five years earlier than anticipated.

The Volvo Group’s goal had been a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption at its eight U.S. manufacturing plants between 2009 and 2020.

By the end of last year, Volvo Group, one of only 11 companies to meet its goal early, had reduced energy consumption by 26.8 percent, 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,” Volvo Group North America director of health, safety and environment Rick Robinson said in a statement. “Reaching this milestone required the diligence and dedication of all our employees and we will continue to strive for improved energy efficiency.”

Volvo Group North America’s record in energy efficiency reflects efforts to reduce consumption at eight U.S. manufacturing facilities: Volvo Trucks, Dublin, Va.; Volvo Group Powertrain, Hagerstown, Md.; Mack Trucks, Macungie, Pa.; Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg, Pa.; Volvo Penta, Lexington, Tenn.; Volvo Bus, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Volvo Group Remanufacturing, Charlotte, N.C.; and Volvo Group Remanufacturing, Middletown, Pa.

“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,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

The company announced late last year that at the time, three of its manufacturing sites — Macungie, New River Valley and Hagerstown — held the top three positions in the DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program, recording the highest energy performance improvements among Platinum-level partners.

Since the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011, more than 250 partners have saved $840 million and saved 94 TBTUs of energy, which represents six million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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