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April 09, 2014

Volvo Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department on April 1 recognized Volvo Group North America for its leadership in energy efficiency at the New River Valley assembly plant near Roanoke, Virginia. As a Better Buildings, Better Plants partner, the Volvo Group has already achieved 16% savings across its U.S. plants and continues working toward its goal of becoming 25% more energy efficient within 10 years.

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley assembly plant is the company’s largest truck manufacturing plant in the world, covering more than 1.6 million square feet. In 2012, the New River Valley facility was one of the first facilities in the United States to be certified under the Energy Department’s Superior Energy Performance program for facilities. The Superior Energy Performance program helps facilities establish energy baselines and savings goals, and provides certifications when facilities achieve significant savings. New River Valley achieved a 26% improvement in energy efficiency in three years. As a partner in the Better Buildings Industrial Superior Energy Performance Accelerator, the Volvo Group is now implementing the Superior Energy Performance program at facilities nationwide. See the Energy Department news release.