Volvo GentBelgium – Volvo Car Group and Stora Enso, the global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant at Gent by over 40%. Stora Enso will install an underground hot water pipeline, from its biomass fuelled paper mill, to transport compressed water at a temperature of 125°C to the Volvo plant. This will be used to bring the carmaker's buildings and paint booths up to temperature.
As a result of a decrease in the use of fossil fuels for heating, it is estimated that this project will lead to a reduction of 15,000 tonnes CO2 per year. Construction of the pipeline will begin in 2015 and the first hot water will be delivered in autumn 2016.