Volvo to issue green bond to fund CO2-free future

Volvo is asking for help to finance its effort to become climate neutral by 2040.

The automaker has established a Green Finance Framework, which allows it to fund its electrification strategy by issuing its first green bond,

The bond’s proceeds will be used to fund new electric models, new vehicle platforms and powertrain technology, as well as increased production capacity for batteries and electric cars, the company said.

Volvo will also used the Green Finance Framework to apply for green loans.

“Volvo Cars has one of the most ambitious climate plans in the auto industry,” CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a news release on Thursday. “Our Green Finance Framework allows investors to participate in the transformation of Volvo Cars into an electric carmaker.”

The Green Finance Framework specifies how these projects are identified, selected and managed, providing transparency for investors, the company said.

Volvo launched a plan last year to slash carbon emissions across all its operations and products, as it strives to become climate-neutral in the next 20 years.

To get there it will slash its life cycle carbon footprint by 40 percent to 31.8 tons of CO2 per car by 2025 from 53 tons in 2018.

Along with addressing tailpipe emissions through electrification, Volvo wants to reduce carbon emissions in its manufacturing network, supply chain and through recycling and reuse of materials.

“We have ambitious investment plans in coming years to turn our climate objectives into reality,” Volvo Chief Financial Officer Carla de Geyseleer said in the release. “I am happy we can now offer an opportunity to the financial community to make sustainability-focused investments in Volvo Cars, as the financial industry plays a pivotal role in stimulating and supporting sustainable development.”

The automaker said its Green Finance Framework has been reviewed by Cicero, a leading provider of independent, research-based evaluations of green bond investment frameworks, and received its highest possible rating, Dark Green.

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