Volvo has announced a new goal that at least 25 percent of the plastics used in its cars will be made from recycled plastic starting in 2025. The goal is part of Volvo’s push for suppliers to team up with automakers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible.
“Volvo Cars is committed to minimizing its global environmental footprint,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment.”
To show off the potential that recycled plastic could have in its future vehicles, Volvo has unveiled a unique version of the XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that has several plastic components that are made from recycled materials. Inside the interior has a tunnel console made from renewable fibers and plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes, while the carpet and seats are are made from recycled plastic bottles.
“We already work with some great, forward-thinking suppliers when it comes to sustainability,” said Martina Buchhauser, Senior Vice President of Global Procurement at Volvo Cars. “However, we do need increased availability of recycled plastics if we are to make our ambition a reality. That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realize our ambition.”