Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks, urban and intercity buses, coaches and industrial and marine engines. The company has been a Volkswagen Group brand since 2008.
On our way to becoming a leading provider of solutions for sustainable transportation – a key corporate objective – Scania creates value for customers, employees and society alike. Scania focuses on producing efficient, low-carbon solutions that boost customer profitability, well aware that success in these efforts depends on close collaboration and solution-finding partnerships along the entire value chain. By succeeding in this ambition, we strengthen our own competitiveness, profitability and future success. In 2018, Scania’s sales revenue totaled €13,377 billion.
The three highlight projects 2018
“We are committed to a leadership role in the shift toward a sustainable transport system, creating a world of mobility that is better for business, society and the environment.”
Pathways towards a decarbonized transport system
During 2018 Scania released the Pathways study, a study showing different paths towards a fossil-free transport sector. The results show that it is possible for the industry to be fossil-free by 2050.
More than 20 percent, purely through optimising systems, which can be achieved with non-powertrain-related improvements such as improved routing and better load management. The remainder of the emission savings can be reached with alternative drivetrains and fuels. While a quick introductions of electrification is the cheapest scenario for society on an overall level, biofuels provide the fastest way to achieve the reduction because the technology is available here and now. Pathways Study also shows that we need to act now and scale up new technology quickly because the implications are far-reaching for the whole value chain of commercial transport – not just transport solutions. Given the fact that the technology shift is quicker and more extensive than we have ever seen, Scania knows that we need partnerships to achieve the fossil-free target date. That is why we have entered into a ‘Pathways Coalition’ with H&M, Siemens and E.On, three major names in global business. The composition of the coalition, which was launched at the Sustainable Transport Forum, is strategic – H&M, Siemens and E.On are together a large transport buyer, a technology supplier and an energy supplier, respectively. In partnership with Scania, a transport solutions provider, the coalition thus takes a holistic, system approach to the issue.
IAA- an alternative to diesel?
This year at the world’s largest commercial vehicles industry fair, IAA, all the vehicles Scania displayed at the exhibition stand could be powered by an alternative to fossil diesel news included the launch of Scania Interlink world’s first gas-fuelled long distance coach for LNG, and a plug-in hybrid electric truck. (PHEV).
The hybrid trucks can run on HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) in parallel with electricity. At the same fair Scania launches Scania Zone, a wireless, remote-controlled position-based service for automatic vehicle adjustment to help drivers follow traffic and environmental regulations. The service enables smarter, cleaner and safer truck operation.
Remarkable journey in CO₂ reduction for Scania transport laboratory
Thanks to a consistent focus on improving efficiency and filling rates, driver training and removing waste in transport flows, Scania Transport Laboratory has managed to reduce fuel consumption radically and its CO2 emissions with 60 percent in ten years. The average fuel consumption has been reduced from 35 to 23 litres per 100 km, and the CO2 emissions per transported tonne from 70 g to 28 g. As of 2018, the fleet runs only on fossil-free fuel (HVO, ethanol and biogas) and hybrid drive which reduces carbon emissions by more than 95 percent. Scania’s Transport Laboratory is a good example of how we practice our ideas and methods when it comes to eliminating waste across transport flows. Founded in 2008 as an extension of Scania’s research and development department, the laboratory’s goal is to gather insights for Scania about its customers’ challenges and how profitability can be improved. It is also a tool for testing and developing the sustainable, efficient transport services of tomorrow. Scania’s Transport Laboratory is used for some of Scania’s own internal transport. Every day, it operates 14 truck and trailer combinations between the manufacturing plants in Södertälje, Sweden, and Zwolle in the Netherlands.
Scania sustainable transport forum and round table
In May 2018, Scania gathered some of the world’s key decision-makers in politics and industry to our second Sustainable Transport Forum (STF) near Stockholm. Professor of environmental science at Stockholm University, Johan Rockström, helped lead the forum with several experts from various walks of life. The high-level speakers including former US Vice- President Al Gore and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, charted the pathway to achieving carbon-free heavy transport by 2050, which is needed in keeping with the global targets set by the Paris Agreement.
If there was one unifying message above all else that came from the conference, it was that we cannot wait for others to make the changes for us. In his keynote speech, Al Gore emphasised the sense of urgency attached to climate action and encouraged corporations like Scania to continue taking a leading role.
In conjunction with the Sustainable Transport Forum, Scania, together with Business Sweden, hosted a high-level round table discussion on how transport can contribute to the fulfilment of the global sustainability goals with a focus on urban mobility and SDG number 11 (Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).
Swedish Leadership on Sustainable Development (SLSD)
Scania is a steering group member of SLSD, a multi-stakeholder network with the aim to accelerate implementation of Agenda 2030 internationally . The network is set up as an arena for partnership between companies, government authorities and other organisations for development and up-scaling of solutions. The members of this network share knowledge and carry out joint projects to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty. In addition to climate and environmental issues, focal topics in 2018 included promoting the decent work agenda, financing for sustainable development and tackling corruption.
Scania wins the Green Truck Award – again
A Scania R 500 won this year’s “Green Truck Award” by a healthy margin. The German fuel test focuses on lowest fuel consumption. Scania’s new truck generation, with its updated 13-litre engine ensured that Scania took the prize – again. European hauliers appreciate the lowest fuel consumption, highest average speeds and lowered C02 effects that help to keep costs and environmental impacts low.
Scania’s L-series wins the Sustainable Truck of the Year 2019
The leading Italian trade magazine Vado e Torno, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan, has awarded the gas-powered Scania L 340 Sustainable Distribution Truck of the Year. This is Scania’s third consecutive annual award in the category.
The award is based on sustainability and efficiency, not only with regard to emissions but also on safety, smooth driving characteristics, the effects on society and sustainable production.
In its motivation, Vado e Torno highlights the fact that the truck features a normal interior cab height, the City Safe Window that addresses the right-hand side blind spot and the kneeling facility for easy boarding. “The L-series not only offers a cab created for the city but also fills it with all the technology needed to make the truck really sustainable from a safety perspective,” says Maurizio Cervetto, Editor-in-Chief, Vado e Torno. The great visibility, braking systems in combination with radar and camera assistance, drowsiness awareness system and the airbags with the Scania-exclusive rollover side curtain airbag are, according to the publication, “just the tip of the iceberg”. “The gas engine and gearbox are state-of-the-art that maximise performance with the minimum consumption and, therefore, environmental impact.”
Scania wins Greener Supply Chain Award
Scania has won the Greener Supply Chain Award for its green transport operations in Germany and the Benelux countries. The prize was given at the first ever Automotive Logistics Awards ceremony, which was held in Bonn, Germany.
The judges were impressed by how Scania has integrated sustainability into its transport procurement process, calling it “a very holistic approach that puts sustainability at its focus, rating CO2 emission equally with costs and quality”.