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June 5, 2015 10:00 AM, EDT

Volvo Group Says it Reached Energy-Efficiency Goal Five Years Early

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Volvo Group North America said it has reduced energy consumption at its eight U.S. manufacturing plants by 26.8% compared with 2009 levels, achieving its efficiency goal under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge five years early.

Volvo Group, which is the parent of Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks, said its original target had been a 25% reduction between 2009 and 2020.

Its facilities include the Volvo Trucks plant in Dublin, Virginia; the Mack Trucks plant in Macungie, Pennsylvania; and the Volvo Group powertrain facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.

“Reaching this milestone required the diligence and dedication of all our employees, and we will continue to strive for improved energy efficiency,” said Rick Robinson, director of health, safety and environment for Volvo Group North America.

He described environmental care as one of the Volvo Group’s core values.

DOE launched the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011 to help commercial and industrial building owners improve energy efficiency and provide public recognition for their efforts.