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Volvo CE Reveals Extensive Product Carbon Footprint Reports

May 17, 2024
The reports confirm that electric machines are a more sustainable choice compared to conventional diesel machines, when looking at greenhouse gas emissions over their entire life cycle.

Volvo CE has disclosed the industry’s most extensive catalogue of Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) reports, making it easier for customers to take active steps to reduce their environmental impact. The reports confirm that electric machines are a more sustainable choice compared to conventional diesel machines, when looking at greenhouse gas emissions over their entire life cycle.

Determined to be at the forefront of the industry decarbonization transformation, Volvo CE is publishing its PCF reports providing vital data for customers to understand their complete emissions and take action to reduce their own carbon footprint. Volvo CE is also sharing its PCF methodology on its company website, showing how data can be used to drive change. By doing this, Volvo CE is delivering a real and proven framework in which to move collectively towards global and national climate goals.


The detailed methodology, developed in-house by Volvo CE experts, works by analyzing the carbon footprint of every aspect of a product’s life, incorporating both traditional and electric machines across the company’s far-ranging portfolio. It covers all steps from the extraction of raw materials, component manufacturing and machine assembly, through to recycling and end-of-life. The principles of the methodology are based on two global standards: the global ISO standard for Life Cycle Assessment and the Green-house Gas Protocol.


Knowledge is power

The numbers are translated into a report for each product, providing a simple baseline from which to then take action to decarbonize. This is essential information for customers, who make choices on which equipment to use in their projects, as well as for Volvo CE, which has the ambition to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its entire value chain by 2040. To achieve those results, long-term, stepwise year-to-year actions are required by all stakeholders in the value chain.


Rickard Alm, head of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) program at Volvo CE, said: “Customers are now rightly looking with absolute scrutiny at carbon performance – on a par with other considerations like cost and quality. With our Product Carbon Footprint reports, we are making it easier to have quick access to the information needed and enabling them to act on their decarbonization ambitions.

“We are proud to be at the forefront with the most extensive PCF analysis available today in the construction industry to ensure the right choices are made now to deliver on our sustainable transformation.” 


A catalogue open for all

The work of the Volvo CE LCA program is constantly evolving. For the PCF analysis, this means the number of product reports is continuously expanding, prioritized mainly based on sales volume. Today, customers can visit the Volvo CE website and download PCF reports on both conventional articulated haulers, wheel loaders and excavators, as well as selected electric offerings, such as the ECR25 Electric and EC230 Electric excavators.


The reports also demonstrate that electric machines are a more sustainable choice over their entire life cycle when compared to diesel, Volvo said.


“Depending on the energy mix used to charge the batteries, the emissions from the use phase of an electric machine are reduced by up to 95 percent,” said Rickard. “While battery manufacturing results in a higher carbon footprint for electric machines during the production phase, when compared to diesel, overall carbon emissions for an electric machine are still reduced 80 to 90 percent over the entire life cycle.”


The LCA program forms part of a wider sustainability approach by Volvo CE, that also includes implementing low-carbon materials and moving to more fossil fuel-free alternative drivelines, such as those provided by its commercial line-up of electric machines and charging solutions.


The methodology used to produce these reports can be brand-agnostic and is open for any other OEM to explore and implement. As new legislations come into effect, the calculations used within the methodology will continue to be reviewed to ensure accuracy.


To access the PCF reports and learn more about the methodology, visit: