By Cameron Chai
The Volvo Group, a provider of sustainable transport solutions, has hosted two seminars - "Mobility and Quality of Life in Megacities" and "Corporate Climate Summit 2012" in its efforts to encourage and raise awareness about sustainable solutions for reducing the environmental footprint. These seminars were held in Miami during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover.
The CEO of the Volvo Group, Olof Persson, states that sustainability is important for reducing the negative environmental impact. The social and economic point of view must be added, he said.
The first seminar highlighted the challenges faced by large urban areas regarding the environment, infrastructure, and transportation. The "Corporate Climate Summit 2012" seminar led to dialogue between corporate leaders about new strategies for promoting climate protection and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This summit was held in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund. The seminar’s keynote address was delivered by Persson.
The managing director of climate change at WWF, Lou Leonard, praised Volvo in its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions and preparations for impacts due to climate change.
Climate Savers is a WWF program that encourages corporate companies to establish ambitious targets and reduce their emissions voluntarily. Volvo had joined Climate Savers earlier and has committed to reducing the CO2 emitted from its trucks. This year, it has included its buses and construction equipment in the reduction agreement.