Volvo has taken the first step in its mission to create a fully climate-neutral manufacturing network. The brand has switched its Skovde, Sweden, engine plant to renewable heating as of January 1, 2018.

“Improving energy efficiency is our first priority and then, for the energy we need to use, we aim for supplies generated from renewable sources,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars. “The Skövde plant achievement is an important addition to our broader efforts in minimising our environmental footprint. We are pleased to be a leader within the automotive industry in the move towards climate-neutral manufacturing.”

All heating for the Skovde plant will be supplied through waste incineration, biomass, and recycled bio-fuels.

That’s on top of the plant’s previous climate-friendly moves. Since 2008, Skovde—as well as Volvo’s other European plants—has used renewable energy to supply its electricity.

“This is a proud moment both for the Skövde plant and for Volvo Cars,” said Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability. “Environmental care is one of our core values. Along with our plan to electrify all-new Volvo cars launched from 2019, climate-neutral manufacturing operations will significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint, supporting global efforts to tackle climate change.”

Now that Skovde is climate-neutral, Volvo plans to add the rest of its plants to the list of climate-neutral sites by 2025.

“We will continue to work actively with our energy suppliers in all regions to secure further access to renewable energy for our manufacturing plants,” said Javier Varela.