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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.

Scania’s purpose is to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system, creating a world of mobility that is better for business, society and the environment.

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 2020, Scania’s sales revenue totaled € 12,482 billion.

The three highlight projects 2020

“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.”

  • 1. Scania’s Science Based Targets
  • 2. Scania launched fully electric truck
  • 3. Biomethane: Fueling the local economy

Scania’s Science Based Targets

As the first major manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles, Scania’s far-reaching climate targets have officially been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). Scania is committed to achieving the Paris agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Scania will cut CO2 emissions from its own operations by 50 percent by 2025, and reduce emissions from its products by 20 percent during the same period.

The SBTi approval recognises that Scania’s targets align with the most strict decarbonisation pathway defined to date. The targets that Scania has set include both direct and indirect emissions from its operations (Scope 1 and 2), as well as emissions from when the products are in use (Scope 3). The climate crisis is one of the major forces driving the transformation of the transport industry. For Scania to be able to drive the shift, it’s critical that everyone in our organisation understands the challenge we are facing, the impact from the industry and what Scania is doing to address it.

Over the past several years, Scania has significantly reduced CO2 emissions from its own operations and from its own transport and logistics. Scania has also worked to minimise emissions from its products through fuel efficiency measures. Since more than 25 years, the company has provided the industry’s broadest range of products that run on alternatives to fossil fuel. In September 2019, Scania announced its aim to set Science Based Targets. The approval of these targets, during 2020, now marks another major milestone on the journey towards fossil-free transport.

Read more on Science Based Targets

Scania launched fully electric truck

In September 2020, Scania launched its first fully electric truck. With a range of up to 250 km, the Scania electric truck can operate during the whole day and still return safely to its home depot for overnight charging. If there is a need for an extended range, the driver can fast charge the truck over a break or during natural stops in operation.

Biomethane: Fueling the local economy

In Spain, Scania is working on a pilot project that will explore the advantages of using biomethane as a bus fuel, both for reducing emissions and for the local economy. Beginning in December 2020, the pilot will see a Scania Citywide biomethane bus operate for three months in Zaragoza, the capital of Spain’s Aragon region.

The pilot turns waste into a resource, by converting pig manure from a local farm into biomethane. The biogas is produced by a sustainable energy company, and supplied to the bus a local supplier of storage and transport solutions for compressed gas.

As well as abating greenhouse gas emissions and providing value to the local economy, biomethane can reduce NO2 emissions by up to 85% and particles by up to 96% compared with diesel.

Stakeholder Dialog

Swedish Leadership on Sustainable Development (SLSD)

Scania participates in Swedish Leadership on Sustainable Development (SLSD), a multi-stakeholder network with the aim to accelerate implementation of Agenda 2030 in developing countries. 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 2020, SLSD agreed on a new joint commitment with focus on climate transformation and making transition just in line with agenda 2030. Scania has engaged in sub-projects, among others within the field of raw materials transparency.

Global Deal – Together for decent work and inclusive growth

The Global Deal: supporting inclusive growth

As the world of work becomes more globalised and disrupted by new technologies, it’s vital that no-one is left behind. The Global Deal is a multistakeholder partnership for decent working conditions and inclusive growth, highlighting the value of social dialogue among business, government, trade unions, civil society and others. Scania has been a partner of the Global Deal since it was launched in 2016. At Scania, we believe that meaningful social dialogue and equality are key to a just transition, and our engagement with the initiative reflects this belief.

In 2020, we supported the publication of the Global Deal’s flagship report, which highlights the role of social dialogue in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Pathways Coalition Breaking down barriers to fossil-free transport

The Pathways Coalition is an initiative bringing together Scania, E.ON, H&M, and Siemens to explore cross-sector approaches to achieving a fossil-free heavy transport system by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. Since it was formed in 2018, the coalition has driven debate around how to achieve sustainable transport. Topics highlighted in recent meetings included the importance of promoting common standards in biofuel availability, and the need to decarbonise the energy sector in parallel with transport electrification.

In 2020, the telecoms company Ericsson joined the Pathways Coalition and it’s membership will bring valuable insights into the role connectivity and technology can play in sustainably transport.

European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) joined forced with the Potsdam Institute for climate impact Research (PIK)

Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO, was appointed chairman of ACEA Commercial Vehicles Board of Directors during 2020 and has been a key player to promote an aligned dialogue to sustainable transport across the industry. In September 2020, a partnership to create a platform for dialogue between science and business on pathways to a carbon-neutral road freight transport system, was established.

The partnership resulted in a joint declaration by ACEA and PIK, outlined the roadmap and conditions for transforming the road freight transport system and concludes that by 2040 all new trucks sold need to be fossil free in order to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. It will be possible to meet this target provided the right charging/refuelling infrastructure is built and a coherent policy framework is put into place, including comprehensive CO2 pricing to drive the transition.  

Awards 2020

Scania’s fourth consecutive Green Truck test victory

In the German “Green Truck”, a comparative test, the lowest fuel consumption is the single focus. For the 2020 award, a GTW of 40 tons and +500 hp was stipulated for the 360 km test track north of Munich. All premium brands participated but once again Scania, this time with an R 540, proved that the lowest fuel consumption can be combined with the highest average speed, thus offering European haulers an unsurpassed combination.

Green Truck 2019 is a German comparison fuel test organized by two leading German trade magazines, Trucker and Verkehrs-Rundschau which focuses on the lowest fuel consumption.  

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