Proactively reducing the environmental impact is a key component of Scania’s sustainability work. Scania works to use resources as efficiently as possible in our operations and in our production processes. Our efforts are built on the precautionary principle and the lifecycle perspective aiming to contribute to a circular economy. Scania’s strategic plan includes energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increased recycling of waste as a natural and integral part of business.
Efficient energy use
One of our priorities is continuous improvements of energy efficiency. Scania has decided on a target to reduce the usage of energy within the production: by 2020 we aim to reduce energy usage by 33 percent from its level in 2010. To support this target all Scania units have developed energy roadmaps and are now continuing with execution of improvement activities. All Scania production sites use a LEAN inspired method to identify and eliminate energy waste. This have resulted in a 28 percent reduction of energy used per produced vehicle between 2010 and 2019.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Almost all greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by our operations is CO2, derived from direct and indirect energy use. GHG emissions have been greatly reduced by energy efficiency measures and the ambition to continuously sign contracts for fossil-free electricity. In 2019, Scania’s GHG emissions from industrial operations totalled 50 300 tonnes, a 44 percent reduction compared to 2015. Scania has set two ambitious GHG reduction targets that apply to the whole company, both of which are in line with what science tells us is necessary to curb global warming. By 2025, Scania aims to achieve a 50 percent GHG reduction in both our industrial and commercial operations compared to 2015, and a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions from our land transport (per transported tonne) with 2016 as a baseline.
It is important for Scania to have a trustworthy way of handling waste. Scania has decided on a target to increase reuse and recycling within production: by 2020 we aim to reduce the amount of waste material that is not recycled by 25 percent from its level in 2015. To support this target all units have studied material flows to identify ways to reduce waste and increase recycling of materials. Between 2015 and 2019 the waste material not recycled was reduced with 20 percent.
Scania’s priority is to reduce the use of environmentally-hazardous chemicals, and to work responsibly with chemical management. Today, these chemicals are still necessary to meet the complex technical needs of modern vehicles and are currently used in production and service operations. Scania’s environmental policy emphasises the Precautionary Principle, which is particularly relevant for handling chemicals.
Scania’s production processes are not water-intensive, and water is primarily used in closed systems. There is continuous improvement efforts to reduce water use and thereby also the management of waste water. Scania reviews its production facilities to identify impact in areas with limited water resources.