30,000 and counting
Increasing the use of Volvo Penta IPS for Marine Commercial use was one of the company’s commitments to the WWF Climate Saver program – which it has been a part of since 2014. With 30,000 IPS units installed, all with a decrease of up to 30% in fuel consumption and a typical reduction of 15-20% – sometimes up to 30% – of CO2, the savings in CO2 emissions that Volvo Penta IPS has helped realize are not insignificant.
In just one example, eight Njord Offshore vessels, powered by Volvo Penta IPS, saved on average a total of 20% in fuel and 8,375 tons of CO2, over 250,000 hours of operation. Additionally, the system’s superior maneuverability is a huge advantage when docking offshore in harsh conditions.
“Finding ways to reduce fuel consumption and emissions has been an objective of ours for many years and is as a priority across our product range,” explains Johan Inden, head of Volvo Penta’s marine segment. “We strive to continue to improve today’s innovative technology, while in parallel explore future possibilities towards significantly reduced or zero emissions.”
Volvo Penta has started to incorporate a circular economy approach when it comes to manufacturing – by giving a new life to IPS drivelines through remanufacturing.
“Our Volvo Penta IPS range already offers a reduced impact on the environment, through its increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions,” says Johan. “Selecting a remanufactured IPS unit only enhances the sustainability of the full lifecycle of the boat, including maintenance and repair.”
Although the numbers are good, Volvo Penta’s Environmental Director, Cecilia Gunnarsson knows more can still be done.
“As we celebrate this milestone, we also remind ourselves that supporting our environment is a continuous commitment,” says Cecilia. “This is why we have worked to make our systems compatible with renewable fuels such as HVO. Additionally, we have our IMO III package for IPS, for the marine sector, which meets the strictest global emission standards.”