Volvo has announced plans for at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in its vehicles to be sourced from recycled materials. The aim is to achieve this goal by 2025.
Additionally, Volvo has urged the rest of the auto industry to follow in their steps, suggesting that suppliers need "to work more closely with car makers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics".
The announcement comes as the automobile manufacturer reveals its new anti-pollution plan, which is being praised by the United Nations.
"Volvo Cars is committed to minimising its global environmental footprint," said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment.”
To demonstrate the viability of their plastics initiative, the company unveiled a specially-built version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV. It features plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials (see video above).