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25 June 2018

Volvo dealer offers ‘carbon neutral’ articulated haulers

First published25/06/2018
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Volvo articulated haulers sold with the GoGreen package can be painted green

Independent Swiss dealer Robert Aebi is offering Volvo customers a chance to buy a GoGreen articulated hauler.

It is produced in what is said to be the construction industry’s first manufacturing plant opowered entirely by renewable energy and issued with a carbon offset certificate from Swiss climate protection foundation carbon offset Fair Recycling foundation for the shipment from Sweden to Switzerland.

The GoGreen package is said to enable customers to make a contribution to protecting the environment with the purchase of any new Volvo articulated hauler.

This package includes a warranty extension and a selection of service options, and the Fair Recycling certificate, which covers the transport of the machine from the factory in Sweden to the jobsite of the customer’s choice, plus a certain number of operating hours.

Articulated haulers sold with the GoGreen package feature a special decal reading My hauler is green in German, French or Italian above an endorsement from Fair Recycling. The entire machine can also be painted green on request.

“Our customers are not only looking for machines that are quieter, more economical and more efficient, they also want us to take responsibility for the world around us,” says Roger Schenk, business unit leader for construction at Robert Aebi.

“A certain amount of carbon emissions is still unavoidable in today’s construction industry, even with the latest technology, but there are things we can do to help.”

Robert Aebi’s has signed an agreement with Fair Recycling for three years, and behind every carbon credit certificate issued by the foundation for the Volvo GoGreen articulated haulers will be a refrigerator.

Fair Recycling works to combine education with the practical recycling of refrigerators containing harming CFC greenhouse gases. Each refrigerator recycled under the agreement will recover approximately 50kg of raw materials and save the equivalent of a tonne of CO2.

“Environmental care and sustainability are components of a journey that always has new goals to reach. We at Robert Aebi would like to make a contribution through our agreement with Fair Recycling to a cleaner future,” Schenk says.

This journey that Schenk refers to, however, starts much earlier. All of Volvo’s articulated haulers, from the 25tonne capacity A25G to the 55tonne A60H, are produced in Braås, Sweden, which in 2014 became the company’s and the construction equipment industry’s first production facility to be powered entirely by renewable energy.

The first Volvo GoGreen articulated hauler, an A25G, has now rolled off the production line in Braås and made its way to the Robert Aebi headquarters in Regensdorf outside Zürich practically carbon neutral.

“It’s important not only to produce haulers in an environmentally friendly way but that this same care for our world is also reflected in the market place,” Schenk concludes.

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