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Volvo CE deliver fossil-free articulated hauler to customer

Built using steel produced entirely without the use of coking coal, a new Volvo A30G articulated hauler is hoped to be the start of things to come.

The handover of the first non-concept vehicle built using this steel took place at a ceremony in Sotckholm, Sweden

Volvo Construction Equipment has become the first major earthmoving manufacturer to deliver a machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer.

As the world steers toward a more carbon neutral world, Volvo CE has taken its latest step toward neutrality, delivering an A30G articulated hauler to Swedish construction company NCC.

The A30G was produced in Volvo CE’s Braås facility in Sweden using Volvo’s existing manufacturing process, with the fossil-free steel sourced from Swedish steel company, SSAB.

The fossil-free A30G comes nine months following the unveiling of the world’s first vehicle using fossil-free steel from Volvo CE.

The commercial introduction is expected to be gradual, however the quick turnover of the A30G is an important milestone towards the industry’s transformation, Volvo CE says.

The handover of the first non-concept vehicle built using this steel took place at a ceremony hosted by LeadIt – the leadership group for industry transition, and was held in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting in Stockholm in June.

US Special Presidential Envoy to Climate, John Kerry, and Swedish Minister for Climate, Annika Standhäll, were among those in attendance.

In doing so, the A30G articulated hauler has become the latest initiative by Volvo CE in its goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

To achieve such, Volvo has recognised the importance of reducing its carbon footprint includes finding alternatives to the raw materials used in its products, of which steel is a major component.

Volvo CE president Melker Jenberg said he was pleased to work with other companies in the industry to create change – and to work towards Volvo CE’s target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

“We are sure that to succeed in decarboniing the construction industry, actors in the value chain will need to collaborate and act,” he says.

“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,” Jenb erg adds.

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