Volvo and the environment

Volvo and the environment  - Environment - Introduction - Volvo S60 Owners Manual - Volvo S60

Volvo is committed to the well being of its customers. As a natural part of this commitment, we care about the environment in which we all live. Caring for the environment means an everyday involvement in reducing our environmental impact. Volvo's environmental activities are based on a holistic view, which means we consider the overall environmental impact of a product throughout its complete life cycle. In this context, design, production, product use, and recycling are all important considerations. In production, Volvo has partly or completely phased out several chemicals including CFCs, lead chromates, asbestos, and cadmium; and reduced the number of chemicals used in our plants 50% since 1991.

Volvo was the first in the world to introduce into production a three-way catalytic converter with a Lambda sond, now called the heated oxygen sensor, in 1976. The current version of this highly efficient system reduces emissions of harmful substances (CO, HC, NOx) from the exhaust pipe by approximately 95 99% and the search to eliminate the remaining emissions continues. Volvo is the only automobile manufacturer to offer CFC-free retrofit kits for the air conditioning system of all models as far back as the 1975 model 240. Advanced electronic engine controls and cleaner fuels are bringing us closer to our goal. In addition to continuous environmental refinement of conventional gasoline-powered internal combustion engines, Volvo is actively looking at advanced technology alternative-fuel vehicles.

When you drive a Volvo, you become our partner in the work to lessen the car's impact on the environment. To reduce your vehicle's environmental impact, you can:

  • Maintain proper air pressure in your tires. Tests have shown decreased fuel economy with improperly inflated tires.
  • Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your Warranty and Service Records Information booklet.
  • Drive at a constant speed whenever possible.
  • See a trained and qualified Volvo service technician as soon as possible for inspection if the check engine (malfunction indicator) light illuminates, or stays on after the vehicle has started.
  • Properly dispose of any vehicle-related waste such as used motor oil, used batteries, brake pads, etc.
  • When cleaning your vehicle, please use genuine Volvo car care products. All Volvo car care products are formulated to be environmentally friendly.

Recycling

As part of Volvos commitment to the environment, it is essential for the vehicle to be recycled in an environmentally sound way. Almost the entire vehicle can be recycled and for that reason, the vehicles final owner is requested to contact a Volvo retailer for information about approved and certified recycling facilities.

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