Scania climate day
On September 20, 2019 Scania stopped it global operations for one hour to train all employees globally in Climate change, the role of transport and Scania’s response. During this hour, employees gathered in their working teams to learn more about climate change and to share ideas on how they can contribute to addressing climate change in their daily work.
In preparation for the day material was produced and translated into 33 languages and more than 2.500 trainers have been trained to facilitate the sessions taking place all over the world.
Scania hopes to inspire others in this area and are therefore sharing the produced material. You can download all material in English at the bottom of this page.
In 22 April 2021 Scania run a Climate Day Update. In group meetings all employees had opportunities to reflect on what has happened since 2019 both centrally and in local operations as well as encouraged to have local discussions on how to contribute to Scania’s Science Based Targets.
The science is clear
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL
Climate change is happening now, and it requires immediate and ambitious action to prevent the worst effects on people and nature all over the world.
The greenhouse effect Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases, most notably CO2 through the burning of fossil fuels, collect in the atmosphere and absorb solar radiation that has bounced off the Earth’s surface. Normally, this radiation would escape into space but greenhouse gases trap heat and cause the planet to get hotter.
ATMOSPHERIC CO2 LEVELS
Since the industrial revolution began in 1750, CO2 levels have risen by more than 30 percent. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is now higher than at any other time in the past 800,000 years.
Temperature records going back to the late 19th century show that the average temperature of the Earth’s surface has increased by about 0.8° C in the last 100 years. About 0.6° C of this warming has occurred in the last three decades.
1,2 NASA 2019
The average global temperature should not rise above 2° C, and ideally not above 1.5° C. If this fails, we will see the following effects. (3)
SHRINKING POLAR ICE CAPS: The Arctic is in the frontline of global warming. The current reduction in sea ice is already at an unprecedented 15 percent, but that will double with a 2° C global increase, threatening polar bears and other indigenous animals with extinction. Antarctica’s ice mass loss has tripled in the past decade.
3 2019 World Wildlife Fund
The world needs to keep the global temperature rise well below 2° C to limit the risk of reaching tipping points of irreversible climate change. For instance, even if by that point we have stopped emitting new greenhouse gases, the higher temperature might thaw the Earth’s permafrost layer. This will release large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that traps atmospheric heat 28 times more effectively than CO2.
AN AGREEMENT FOR THE FUTURE
In 2015, world leaders met in Paris to sign an agreement to keep the in-crease in global average temperature to well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5° C. This would substantially reduce the risks and effects of climate change.
“EVEN AS WE WITNESS DEVASTATING CLIMATE IMPACTS CAUSING HAVOC ACROSS THE WORLD, WE ARE STILL NOT DOING ENOUGH, NOR MOVING FAST ENOUGH, TO PREVENT IRREVERSIBLE AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DISRUPTION”
- António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
An international team of prominent climate researchers is proposing a solution for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The team advocates a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb of halving emissions every decade - a ‘carbon law’.
The roadmap says that fossil fuel emissions will have to peak by 2020 at the latest and fall to around zero by 2050. A ‘carbon law’ would give the world a 75 percent chance of keeping Earth below the 2° C Paris Agreement target.
4 2017: Rockström J., et al
The Role of Transport
Road transport accounts for approximately 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and transport-related emissions are increasing. But with better planning and smarter logistics, a CO2 reduction of about 25 percent can already be achieved.
Scania’s Pathways Study (6) shows that achieving net zero CO2 emissions for heavy commercial transport by 2050 is not only possible, but financially attractive. However, we need to start now. The study says biofuels offer the fastest, ‘here and now’ way to cleaner transport, but electrification is the least costly option in the long run and will be key to a future sustainable transport system.
5 IPCC 2014
6 2018: Scania, the Pathways Study
We at Scania are committed to driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system.
We are also committed to carrying out our operations in a sustainable manner.
As with everything else we do, we base our climate work on the core values, priorities and principles that are illustrated by the Scania House.
Scania has set ambitious targets and plans to move towards fossil-free operations well before 2050.
Sustainability is at the core of Scania’s Strategy ahead and reducing the climate impact from our products and our operations will be key priorities in the years ahead.
Looking at both our direct and indirect emissions, the vast majority of Scania’s total climate impact is generated when our products are being used.
Starting now Scania is setting new corporate targets related to climate and the impact of our products. These targets underline our commitment to ensuring that emissions from Scania products are in line with what is required by the Paris Agreement.
To support our climate goal of reducing CO2 emissions from the rolling ﬂeet, we are also setting clear volume targets for biofuel and electriﬁed buses and trucks.
These vehicles will enable big savings in CO2 emissions, but only through efforts by Scania and its partners to ensure that the fuel and electricity used are sustainable; i.e. the gas should be biogas and the electricity generated should come from renewable sources.
Scania Climate targets
To hold ourselves accountable we are setting targets and monitoring progress both with regard to the emissions from our operations and from our rolling ﬂeet.
Cut CO2 emissions by 50 percent from our purchased land transport per tonne by 2025.
Cut CO2 emissions in our operations by 50 percent by 2025.
Switch to 100 percent fossil-free electricity by 2020.
WHAT DO THE TARGETS MEAN TO YOU?
These corporate level targets have been or should be broken down to relevant objectives and activities throughout the organisation. This could entail department, production unit, business unit, distributor, dealer or workshop. Find out what targets are most relevant to your operation.
In addition to the three corporate level climate targets, Scania offers the broadest range of products that run on alternatives to fossil fuel available on the market today. It’s our intention to continue with this.
Find all Climate day material here
Climate day booklet
Climate day quiz
Train the trainer guide
The facts on this page are from the following sources:
1 2019: NASA; climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
2 2019: NASA; climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/127/global-temperature/
3 2019: World Wildlife Fund
4 Rockström J. et al. (2017),A roadmap for rapid decarbonization, Science 6331
5 2014: IPCC, Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of WorkingGroups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IntergovernmentalPanel on Climate Change
6 2018: Scania, the Pathways Study