Volvo CE delivers industry-first construction machine using fossil-free steel

The A30G is produced at Volvo CE’s Braås facility in Sweden with fossil-free steel from Swedish steel company SSAB

Volvo Construction Equipment has delivered the world’s first construction machine built using fossil-free steel to a customer, the company said.

In the latest step as manufacturers globally move towards carbon neutrality, the A30G articulated hauler was handed over by President of Volvo CE Melker Jernberg to long-standing customer NCC at a ceremony hosted by LeadIt – the Leadership Group for Industry Transition – in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting Stockholm +50. It was attended by John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy to Climate and Annika Strandhäll, Swedish Minister for Climate.

In October 2021, Volvo CE launched the world’s first vehicle made with fossil-free steel.

“We are sure that to succeed in decarbonising the construction industry, actors in the value chain will need to collaborate and act. 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,” said Melker Jernberg, on the announcement.

As part of reducing its carbon footprint across its entire value chain raw materials used in its products, of which steel is a major component, will be a key focus. The production using fossil-free steel in Volvo CE’s machines and components will be gradual and depend on aspects such as steel availability, the company added.

In March 2022, the company launched its EC550E crawler excavator in the Middle East.

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