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Volvo Canada to power headquarters with green energy

Volvo Car Canada Ltd. plans to partially offset its carbon footprint by powering its corporate headquarters in Richmond Hill, Ont., with green electricity generated by Bullfrog Power Inc., the two companies said Thursday.

Bullfrog, which has offices in Toronto, Calgary and Oakville, Ont., uses wind and solar to generate clean, renewable electricity and puts it onto the power grid. Companies, such as Volvo, can then pay Bullfrog for the power, thereby offsetting their carbon footprint.

Bullfrog Power’s generators will put clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power that Volvo Car Canada Ltd. uses at its head office. In this case, Bullfrog’s green energy will come from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities. 

“At Volvo, sustainability is just as important as safety,”  Volvo Car Canada Ltd. Managing Director Matt Girgis said in a statement. 

He called Bullfrog’s plan “a simple and effective way for us to demonstrate our commitment to a clean energy future.” 

In 2019, Volvo Cars launched a climate plant with the goal of becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040. Becoming a carbon-neutral company means the automaker will have to address more than just the tailpipe emissions of its fleet of vehicles. The company also aims to reduce carbon emissions in its manufacturing network and supply chain, and through the recycling and reuse of materials.

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