DOE Praises Volvo North America for Energy Efficiency Efforts

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Lisa Markowski for Zondits

Aiming for 25% efficiency within 10 years, Volvo Group North America has been recognized by the Department of Energy for achievements to date at its largest truck plant worldwide. The 1.6 million square-foot assembly facility in Dublin, Va., has already reached 16% efficiency as a participant in the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Initiative.

Volvo’s management has committed to ongoing reinvestment of the savings (about $1.2 million thus far) from these measures back into energy efficiency. They have also asked employees to contribute ideas on additional ways to save energy. As one of the first
certified participants in the DOE’s Superior Performance Program in 2012, the Dublin plant has earned its reputation as a leader in the efficiency arena. The program rewards participating facilities with additional certifications as they reach new goal thresholds.

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At its Largest Truck Plant, Volvo Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

Energy.Gov, April 1, 2014

Building on President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative and the Administration’s broader efforts to double energy productivity by 2030, the Department of Energy today recognized Volvo Group North America for its leadership in energy efficiency at the New River Valley assembly plant near Roanoke, Va. As a Better Buildings, Better Plants partner, the Volvo Group has already achieved 16 percent savings across its U.S. plants and continues working toward its goal of becoming 25 percent more energy efficient within ten years.

“Partners in the Better Buildings, Better Plants program, such as Volvo, are committing to real change – breaking through barriers to achieve greater energy efficiency and improving their bottom lines,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “The investments made by partners through the Better Plants program are helping to cut energy waste, to increase the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and protect the environment.”

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