Volvo to remove global plastics

Volvo Cars will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019.

The decision reflects the company’s active support of the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign and underlines its ambition to minimise its global environmental footprint.

Volvo will replace more than 20 million single-use plastic items such as cups, food containers and cutlery with more sustainable alternatives, including biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood. This equates to the removal of more than 500 plastic items per employee per year.

By the end of 2018, single-use plastics will be removed from global events such as car launches, as well as from all offices and restaurants in Volvo Cars facilities in China, Belgium, the United States, Sweden and Malaysia. During 2019, all national sales companies (NSCs) will eradicate single-use plastics from their operations, including local events.

‘Action from the private sector is key to making progress in the fight against plastic pollution and in raising awareness. We cannot wait for a binding legislative agreement,’ said Lisa Emelia Svensson, director of Ocean at UN Environment. ‘In the next 10 to 15 years, global plastic production is projected to nearly double, parts of which will end up in oceans if we do not change today. We welcome Volvo Cars saying no to single-use plastics and it’s great to see it leading by example.’

Volvo Cars estimates that the 2018 roll-out alone will result in the replacement of more than 140 tonnes of single-use plastic items with plastic-free alternatives.