Polestar reduces supply chain emissions by integrating renewable fuels for ocean freight.

Polestar, a division of Volvo, is reducing supply chain emissions by using renewable fuels for 75% of its ocean freight routes. The Vehicle Processing Center in Belgium now runs on 100% renewable electricity. With increasing Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 production, renewable fuel will be used for 65% of outbound ocean freight from Asia. This will cut emissions by 20-25% compared to conventional fuel oils.

Polestar has made efforts to reduce carbon emissions from inter-continental inbound ocean freight for production materials and spare parts distribution. They are now using 100% FAME fuel, which has led to an 84% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel. This FAME fuel is derived from renewable sources such as waste cooking oil, and does not use any feedstock related to palm oil or palm oil production.

Jonas Engström, Head of Operations at Polestar, says: “This is an important step in Polestar’s goal to reach climate neutrality by 2040. Becoming truly climate neutral means eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions across our operations, and all phases of our cars’ life cycles, including emissions from the supply chain. As we enter an accelerating phase of growth with our model line-up and manufacturing footprint expanding, there is an extra emphasis on the need for sustainable logistics solutions.”

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Polestar’s 2023 Sustainability Report shows a 9% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per car sold compared to 2022, demonstrating a decoupling of growth from increased emissions.

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