Volvo Penta and sustainability

Turning words into action

Sustainability is not only about reducing our climate footprint. It’s bigger than that. It’s also about how we handle valuable resources and how we treat each other as people. But most importantly, it’s about actions, not words. Actions that make a real difference for our customers, our partners and suppliers, our employees and society at large as we work together towards a better future on land and at sea.

HVO compatible diesel engines

Reducing fossil co2 emissions up to 90%

Since 2016, all Volvo Penta diesel engines have been able to run safely and efficiently on HVO (hydro-treated vegetable oil) – a renewable, paraffinic fuel produced from either vegetable or animal sources. We’ve been testing and measuring the benefits of HVO for more than a decade.Suitable for both marine and industrial power systems, HVO can reduce fossil CO2 emissions by 90%, depending on the feedstock. As interest in alternative fuels increases, we have the knowledge, experience and – and the range – to help you make the switch to a more sustainable way forward.

The benefits of HVO

Our aim

Become world leader in sustainable power solutions

At Volvo Penta, we want to lead the way when it comes to sustainable power solutions. So we will continue innovating to improve performance and reduce climate impact, while inspiring others to do the same. We will further strengthen our commitment to electrification and alternative fuels – testing, researching and developing sustainable new ways to drive our industry forward. We will strive for climate neutral products, solutions and operations – from sourcing to parts and service. Safety, as always, will remain a top priority both for the people who buy our products and the people who make them. And when it comes to our partners and suppliers, we aim to work with people who are as committed as we are to helping customers achieve their sustainability goals. This is what sustainable leadership means to us.

“Our ambition is to reach zero emissions through fossil-free and renewable fuels, and electric and hybrid technology.”

– Heléne Mellquist, President of Volvo Penta.

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Moving you towards a better future

We are already contributing towards a better future on land and at sea. Our new commitment to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) will accelerate these efforts. By setting science-based targets to reduce emissions, we can meet customer demands around sustainability. And as these demands increase, we’ll keep meeting them through our products, partnerships, and innovations.

Transforming the sustainable tourism industry

Volvo Penta has developed a near-silent, advanced hybrid concept for Hurtigruten Svalbard’s new sightseeing vessel.

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The world's first e-driveline for electric fire trucks

Volvo Penta has started production of tailormade electric drivelines for Rosenbauer’s pioneering electric fire truck.

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Powering hybrid crew transfer vessels

Together with Danfoss Editron, we are piloting an innovative hybrid solution for MHO-Co’s two new crew transfer vessels in operation at an offshore wind farm

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An emission-free electric terminal tractor

Volvo Penta is partnering up with TICO on the joined electromobility journey.

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Leading the industry towards a sustainable future

SBTi-approval of Volvo Group’s industry-leading climate goals.

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Making the switch to 100% HVO fuel

Supporting the most ambitious sustainability targets for any port in the world

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Testing in collaboration

We developed an electric saildrive concept for a Fountaine-Pajot catamaran to learn together about customer needs

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Our sustainable journey

Volvo Penta’s work within sustainability has been ongoing for many years – from developing groundbreaking innovations to supporting wide ranging sustainability initiatives. We’ve come a long way. And now we’re ready to start the next exciting stage of our journey.

Highlights from our sustainability journey
An electric power future

At Volvo Penta we’re fully dedicated to electromobility and the development new power solutions. Working together with our Industrial customers, we leverage the knowledge and proven technology of the entire Volvo Group to move towards an electric power future.

Electromobility on Land
Clear targets towards sustainability

Discover all Volvo Penta’s sustainability targets and how they contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Volvo Penta's Contribution

Volvo Group and sustainability

In 2020, together with Volvo Group, Volvo Penta signed up to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) to set clear targets in line with leading climate science. Learn more about the entire Volvo Group’s work within sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Volvo Group's Contribution


Greenhouse gas emissions are one of the biggest threats to the planet.

This is our path to net zero emissions.

  • By 2050, we will emit zero greenhouse gas emissions throughout the entire supply chain – from raw materials to finished products
  • By 2030, we will reduce emissions resulting from our plants and logistics by 50%
  • By 2034, we will reduce absolute emissions by 37.5%. This includes emissions from our operations, products and transport

The planet’s resources are finite.

This is how we will improve efficiency and achieve circularity.

  • We will grow our exchange, reuse and remanufacturing business by 2025
  • We will systematically phase out the use of potentially hazardous substances and materials as well as those that come from conflict-affected or high-risk areas
  • We will transform two main operation sites to zero waste to landfill by 2025 and all main operation sites by 2030 

Our products are built for people, by people.

This is how we deliver safety, respect human rights and reach our full potential.

  • We will strive to realize our vision of zero fatalities, zero injuries and ultimately zero accidents resulting from Volvo Penta products
  • We will develop and implement equal and attractive working conditions for all employees
  • We will continue to investment in the health and wellbeing of our employees and create a healthy psychosocial working environment


How can we help you with your sustainability challenges?