Volvo’s New River Valley plant wins Virginia’s top environmental award

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Volvo Trucks North America announced that its New River Valley Plant has won Virginia’s highest environmental award for employing advanced technology to recycle and reuse 70 percent of the wastewater generated by the plant’s production activities.

NRV, located in Dublin, Va., was awarded a Gold Medal and Governor’s Flag at the 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards on April 2. Volvo says it was one of only two companies in Virginia recognized at this level. The award encourages excellence in environmental management by recognizing companies that go beyond regulatory compliance toward environmental stewardship.

The wastewater recycling system reduced the plant’s water consumption by nearly 600,000 gallons per month during the second half of 2007. The recycled water is used for the cooling towers, air supply house, paint booth water, cab parts washer and electrocoat process water. The wastewater recycling system went into operation in March 2006.

“Volvo is dedicated to environmental care, whether it is through reducing water use at NRV or by building trucks with outstanding fuel economy and very low emissions,” says Per Carlsson, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Trucks North America. “This award is another example of Volvo’s leadership in reducing our environmental impact through innovative technology.”

This is NRV’s second Gold Medal from the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The plant also won in 2005 for its environmental programs.