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Fossil-free steel world first for Volvo CE

Fossil-free Volvo A30G

World’s first construction machine built using fossil-free steel has been delivered to a customer

IN the latest step on their path towards carbon neutrality, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have become the first manufacturer to deliver a construction machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer, demonstrating the fast-tracking of innovation to real-world solutions as companies across the value chain come together to drive change.

The A30G articulated hauler was handed over by Volvo CE president Melker Jernberg to long-standing customer NCC on 1 June, at a ceremony hosted by LeadIT – the Leadership Group for Industry Transition – in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting Stockholm +50. It was attended by John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Annika Strandhäll, Swedish Minister for Climate.

The move comes just nine months after the company unveiled the world’s first vehicle concept using fossil-free steel, as part of the testing of the implementation in an ordinary production setup.

Whilst commercial introduction is expected to be gradual with selected customers, Volvo CE say this speedy first handover is an important milestone in the Group’s ambition to drive industry transformation towards global climate goals. The A30G was produced at Volvo CE’s Braås facility, in Sweden, using the existing manufacturing process, with fossil-free steel from Swedish steel company SSAB.

Melker Jernberg said: ‘We are sure that to succeed in decarbonizing the construction industry, actors in the value chain will need to collaborate and act. Thanks to our strong partnerships with other driven and forward-thinking companies, we are now able to lead the change towards fossil-free construction and be the first to deliver a machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer. Turning commitments into actions is key to building the world we want to live in.’

Tomas Carlsson, chief executive officer and president of NCC, said: ‘We have a firm commitment to contribute to sustainable development and are working determinedly and systematically to reach that target, which includes selecting machines that live up to our high demands. As demonstrated in this great example, it takes strong and proactive partnerships between several players to make the sustainable shift possible.’

As part of their science-Based Targets commitment, Volvo CE are set to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Alongside the electrification of their machines, the company has recognized the importance of reducing its carbon footprint across its entire value chain, including the raw materials used in its products, of which steel is a major component. Volvo CE say production using fossil-free steel in their machines and components will be gradual and will depend on aspects such as steel availability.

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