2007 Volvo V70
impact of a product throughout its complete life cycle. In this context, design, production, product use, and
recycling are all important considerations. In production, Volvo has partly or completely phased out several
chemicals including freons, lead chromates, naphtanates, asbestos, mercury and cadmium; and reduced the amount
of chemicals used in our plants 50% since 1991.
Volvo was the first in the world to introduce into production a three-way catalytic converter with a Lambda sond,
now called oxygen sensor, in 1976. The current version of this highly efficient system reduces emissions of
harmful substances (CO, HC, NOx) from the exhaust pipe by approximately 95% and the search to eliminate the
remaining emissions continues. Volvo is the only automobile manufacturer to offer CFC-free retrofit kits for the
air conditioning system of all models as far back as the 1975 model 240. Advanced electronic engine controls,
refined purification systems and cleaner fuels are bringing us closer to our goal.
After Volvo vehicles and parts have fulfilled their use, recycling is the next critical step in completing the life
cycle. The metal content is about 75% of the total weight of a vehicle, which makes the vehicle among the most
recycled industrial products. In order to have efficient and well controlled recycling, many Volvo variants have
printed dismantling manuals, indicating the weight and material of individual components. For Volvo, all
homogeneous plastic parts weighing more than 1.7 oz. (50 grams) are marked with international symbols that
indicate how the component is to be sorted for recycling.
In addition to continuous environmental refinement of conventional gasoline-powered internal combustion
engines, Volvo is actively looking at advanced technology alternative-fuel vehicles.
When you drive a Volvo, you become our partner in the work to lessen the vehicle's impact on the environment.
To reduce your vehicle's environmental impact, you can:
Maintain proper air pressure in your tires. Tests have shown decreased fuel economy with improperly inflated
Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your Warranty and Service Records Information booklet.
Drive at a constant speed.
See an authorized Volvo retailer as soon as possible for inspection if the check engine (malfunction indicator)
lamp illuminates, or stays on after the vehicle has started.
Properly dispose of any vehicle-related waste such as used motor oil, used batteries, brake pads, etc.
When cleaning your vehicle, use Volvo's own vehicle care products, all of which have systematically been
adapted to the environment.
PremAir® (certain models only)
The surface of the radiator in the engine compartment
is treated with a special coating called PremAir
coating works as a catalytic converter, converting most of the ground level ozone passing through the
1. Only vehicles with engine B5244S (engine code 39 in the VIN)
2. PremAir is a registered trademark of Engelhard Corporation.
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radiator into oxygen, thereby reducing harmful ground-level ozone.
NOTE: If a PremAir-coated radiator needs to be replaced, it should be replaced with another radiator with this
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