Volvo and CRH join in decarbonization effort

Nov. 15, 2023
CRH is an aggregates, cement, and building materials supplier.

Volvo Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with global aggregates, cement, and building materials supplier CRH focusing on electrification and decarbonization. CRH is the parent company for Oldcastle and Americas Materials.

Volvo Construction Equipment will be responsible for “next-generation” technology deployment and the scaling up of “cutting-edge” technology and operational efficiency for the off-road segment in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

Although specifics were not announced, the company indicated that likely projects would involve vehicle electrification and charging infrastructure to reduce transport emissions; productivity and sustainability services; and the deployment of low-carbon fuels for both on-road and off-road equipment.

Volvo CE already has a relationship with CRH, including the handover of its first machine manufactured with fossil-free steel. That A30G articulated hauler is now operating at Pennsy Supply, a CRH company in North America.

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Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE, will lead the off-road aspect of the partnership. “Partnerships are key to accelerating decarbonization,” he said in a statement, “and our collaboration with building materials solutions leader CRH will help both companies to achieve their net-zero ambitions. We move faster and create more impactful change when we work together.” 

“At CRH we’re innovating for a low-carbon future and with deep expertise in sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions,” said Eunice Heath, chief sustainability officer, CRH, in a statement. “Volvo Group is a natural strategic partner for CRH and this collaboration is an important step in our shared commitment to decarbonizing our businesses.

Other Volvo Group businesses participating in the partnership include Renault Trucks, which has developed the first fully electric concrete mixer in the UK together with Tarmac; Volvo Trucks, which introduced the first Volvo FM electric truck in France on behalf of CRH company Eqiom; and Mack Trucks.

Source: Volvo Group