The best option
Until other solutions such as electrification become more viable, biofuels are the best and in some cases only option available for substantially reducing carbon emissions in the near-term.
Scania develops and provides the largest portfolio of engines on the market that can run on alternatives to fossil fuels, ranging from ethanol trucks and buses to vehicles using liquefied or compressed biogas. All of our Euro 5 and 6 engines can run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), while nearly all our vehicles can run on FAME biodiesel. We have developed this portfolio for more than 25 years, starting with ethanol-fuelled buses in the 1990s.
In the transport sector, biofuels can make an almost instant contribution to decarbonisation. According to the Pathways Study, increasing the use of these renewable fuels is the fastest route to achieving the highest carbon emissions reductions in the short term.
The limited supply of biogas remains a challenge for the transport sector. Until this is resolved, natural gas will continue to play an important role in the sustainable transport system, as it enables us to increase the market volume of gas vehicles and thereby encourage the adoption of gas solutions. In the meantime, we are working with partners to improve the supply infrastructure for biogas, so it can be scaled up rapidly.