Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it has joined the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). Working in partnership with the WorldGBC, Volvo CE will help to influence decision-making and develop future strategies for the organization. The move was announced at the Bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany, on April 13th, where both Terri Wills, CEO of WorldGBC, and Martin Weissburg, president of Volvo CE (both pictured), were participating in a Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) seminar hosted by Volvo CE on addressing the climate implications of major infrastructure projects.
The WorldGBC is a global organization that aims to influence and support environmentally-friendly building methods. It has member councils in 75 countries and provides intelligence and practical assistance to over 27,000 companies in the construction industry. It works with organizations to develop green-building action plans, reduce carbon emissions, and address issues such as climate change.
Taking an international stance
Speaking about the company joining the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board Volvo CE president Martin Weissburg said: “This is a further step in our long term commitment to lessen the environmental impact of our products and encourage the adoption of new technologies and best practices. As a committed leader in construction, quarrying and mining we have a responsibility to do our best to use the world’s natural resources wisely and reduce emissions. These are complimentary aims – there is no conflict between doing smart business and doing the right thing.”
Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, commenting on the appointment said: “We’re delighted to welcome Volvo CE onto WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board – its advocacy of collaboration across the whole construction industry value chain is aligned with the core values of the Green Building Council movement. We look forward to collaborating with Volvo CE to green building and infrastructure for all.”
A collective solution
The Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) is an initiative launched and hosted by Volvo CE to promote sustainability specifically in the construction industry value chain. It aims to create a dialogue between industry representatives, academics and politicians, as well as providing funding for new research and sharing existing knowledge and resources to help the industry make a difference for generations to come.
Picture Caption: WorldGBC CEO Terri Wills (left) and Volvo CE president Martin Weissburg at the signing ceremony that sees Volvo CE join the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board.