Volvo Trucks Nix Nuclear Power
Sweden’s Volvo, the world’s second largest truck maker, has announced that it will stop buying Swedish electricity generated by nuclear power.
The company has not renewed a special contract it has with Swedish energy company Vattenfall as Volvo maintains nuclear power is not in line with its own environmental goals.
Speaking to Dagens Nyheter, Volvo’s head of environmental issues, Inge Horkeby, included the storage of nuclear waste among the reasons to look elsewhere for power in 2008.
However, Volvo was careful to point out that the company’s board is not against Swedish nuclear power and suggested that this country begin to think about using new technology for its nuclear power plants.
Volvo is one of Sweden’s top 20 energy consumers and has a global goal to use renewable energy.
One critical voice in the form of Per Öhman of the IF Metall union said to Dagens Nyheter, ”It sounds as if Volvo is using environmental profiling as a PR-gimmick.”