Scania will lead CEO Alliance in 2023
12 DECEMBER 2022
In 2023, Scania will hold the presidency of the CEO Alliance – a key strategic European partnership with the overarching goal to speed up climate transition. The presidency coincides with Sweden’s ditto in the EU, which gives a unique opportunity to advocate for legislations and public investments paving the way for not least sustainable transports.
Scania was handed the presidency on 12 December, when the CEOs of the 13 multinational member companies came together at an annual meeting in Rome.
“As president of the CEO Alliance, I will push for an even faster decarbonisation as the base for a competitive European industry. The alliance plays a key role in the work to strengthen the competitiveness and resilience of European business, and to secure the shift to a more sustainable society,” says Scania’s President and CEO Christian Levin.
The work of the CEO Alliance is twofold. The alliance functions as supporter and speaking partner to top decision-makers in the EU regarding an ambitious implementation of the EU’s Green New Deal and “Fit for 55” regulation. In addition, it runs joint projects within sustainability to underline the business opportunities of climate transition.
As presiding company, Scania has the overall responsibility for operational success in the CEO Alliance. That means coordinating the 13 member companies in joint projects and in dialogue with top EU decision-makers.
“During spring 2023, Sweden, where Scania is established with headquarters and production, holds the presidency of the EU. At the same time, many key regulatory proposals for decarbonisation are on the table – the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) being only one of them. This, in combination with the unstable situation in the world, gives Scania and the CEO Alliance a unique window of opportunity as advocates for ambitious decarbonisation,” says Jennie Cato, Head of Public Affairs and Partnerships at Scania Group, representing Scania in CEO Alliance’s so-called sherpa group. The sherpas are responsible for coordinating the day-to-day work of the Alliance and consist of one representative from each partner company.
Joint projects for European charging network and more
This far, Scania has led a joint project within the CEO Alliance on heavy-duty vehicle charging infrastructure, while participating in other projects on energy efficiency in buildings, green bonds, connectivity and data aggregation in the transport sector, and e-buses. The now ended charging infrastructure project was a starting point for the joint venture between TRATON Group (of which Scania is part), Daimler Truck and Volvo Group with plans to install and operate at least 1,700 public, high-performance charging points for commercial vehicles in Europe.
The CEOs of the alliance meet twice a year, while there is continuous contact between the 13 sherpas and within the joint project groups. As presiding company, Scania will host this summer’s bi-annual CEO meeting at its headquarters in Södertälje, Sweden.
CEO Alliance’s member companies: ABB, AkzoNobel, E.ON, Enel, Ericsson, H2 Green Steel, Iberdrola, SAP, Scania, Schneider Electric, Skanska, UniCredit and Volkswagen Group.
More info on the CEO Alliance is to be found on its website: Home - CEO Alliance - Working together towards climate protection (ceo-alliance.eu)
Joint statement with a call to industries and decision makers to speed up energy transition: CEO Alliance Joint Statement
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