Polestar is the first manufacturer to achieve this.
Last year, Volvo made a huge step towards achieving climate-neutral manufacturing by 2025 after its largest manufacturing plant in China became powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. It was only a matter of time before Volvo applied these environmentally-friendly manufacturing techniques to Polestar, which is now a standalone electric performance car brand co-owned by Volvo Cars and China's Geely that produces the Polestar 1 hybrid and Polestar 2 electric sedan.
To inspire other automakers to work towards a more sustainable future, Polestar's state-of-the-art production facility in Chengdu, China, where the Polestar 1 is produced, has become the first and only car manufacturing plant in China to earn Gold status in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, making it "one of the most environmentally responsible car factories in the country."
This globally recognized system measures environmental performance in building design, construction and use. Thanks to a newly signed supply contract, the factory runs on 100 percent renewable electricity. Around 65 percent of the electricity used at the plant is now hydroelectric, while the remainder is sourced from from solar, wind and other renewable sources.
The factory also has no industrial water discharge. As emissions regulations get increasingly strict, this is a huge step towards Polestar's goal of becoming climate neutral. To improve waste handling, Polestar recycles its waste carbon fiber material and has reduced the amount of landfill waste it generates.
As well as helping the environment, Polestar is also improving the wellbeing of employees by providing a soothing workplace dubbed the Polestar Production Center with optimal indoor air quality, lighting and reduced noise. To raise environmental awareness in the community, Polestar is also providing lectures on sustainability for employees and their families.
"For Polestar, sustainability is not just about the electric powertrain. It impacts everything we do. We want to promote sustainable manufacturing in China. This objective entails a relentless pursuit of circular and climate-neutral solutions, and also being a responsible employer and presence in the area," said Fredrika Klaren, Head of Sustainability at Polestar.