Thursday the 9th of October I participated in a series of environmental seminars in Alicante at the Volvo Ocean Race venue.
The future European demands were in focus. We are facing a series of new legislations concerning emission performance (Euro VI), use of bio fuels and environmental cost for public transports. Right now negotiations take place between the European parliament and the European Commission. It is clear that the emission performance will be very strictly regulated with Euro VI. The limits for NOx and particulates might get as low as 0.4 and 0.01 g/kWh respectively. Increasing amounts of biofuels will be used and further emphasis will be put on decreased use of energy and decreased emissions of carbon dioxide.
The proposals are scheduled for 2010-2014. Which ever the decisions will be it is important for us to have sufficient lead time for meeting the new requirements. The customers are worried about the implications for cost, durability, maintenance and up-time. The competitiveness of the European industry and trade is influenced by the cost efficiency of the transports. For Volvo Buses the new hybrid will:
– provide low emissions, extremely low fuel consumption and low noise and this at various traffic conditions
– the operational excellence is safe guarded by competitive pricing, high reliability by parallel design and sharing of service net, components and parts with Volvo Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment.
After lunch I used the siesta for some jogging along the coastline by the Altea village. The weather was windy and the rain was persistent, I still felt that the jogging was quite refreshing.
At 5 pm we got to the Volvo Ocean Race harbour area. By then the rain was pouring down. The Telefonica Blue won the first harbour race and was thus in lead during our visit. Saturday the 11th of October the first long leg started:
By now the stand might have changed: