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Sustainable logistics

Scania aims to be the benchmark in sustainable logistics and set the standard on how to act as a transport buyer.  By respecting social and legal demands and continuously improving the flows in every part of our supply chain, we eliminate waste, become more energy efficient and reduce CO2 emissions, while improving quality, reducing lead times and challenging costs. 

For Scania, logistics is increasing in significance as the company develops from being purely a heavy vehicle manufacturer to also being a supplier of components to other brands within TRATON, and to being part of the ecosystem of transport and logistics.


Our daily logistics flows are enormous, and there is broad scope for identifying and cutting waste and emissions from these processes by taking a holistic approach, where we see logistics as part of the overall value chain.


Scania is responding to the great transformation in logistics brought by digitalisation, connectivity and the demand for sustainability. We are increasingly working in multi-modal flows with trains, ships and trucks, using alternative fuels and connected networks, resulting in increased process efficiency and minimised CO2 emissions.

Decisions within Scania’s logistics operations are based on achieving the best balance between sustainability, quality and cost. When designing transport solutions Scania values sustainability as much as we value decreased cost or improved lead times and efficiency.


Strategically, Scania Logistics is taking a holistic approach, where partnerships between purchasing, production and logistics are key. The cooperation with logistics partners such as carriers and service providers is also an important part of the strategy. Through collaboration we can control and improve physical and information flows over the whole supply chain from order to delivery, in the most efficient way. It also allows us to develop and invest in infrastructure for more sustainable fuels and electrification.

 

Balancing emissions and cost

Scania has set a comprehensive target to reduce emissions from our land transport logistics flow globally by 50% per transported tonne by 2025 compared to 2016 levels. To achieve this, sustainability plays an important role when designing our network. This model was applied when redesigning the flows in FRESPT, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. By addressing our sustainable focus area “smarter transport” we did a re-design of the x-docks in Spain that improved our logistic flow from this area. We also implemented intermodal transports on multiple long-distance lanes.


This solutions lead to a reduction of the CO2 emissions by 19,5% and a reduction of the cost by 6,4%. Proving that sustainable transport flows can be efficient from a cost perspective too.

Fair transport

With a large number of drivers being involved in the logistics value chain, Scania sees fair transports as a cornerstone for building credibility as a leader in sustainability. Starting in 2018 Scania introduced a new demand specification for fair transports, based on consultations with a wide range of stakeholders. We have identified a follow up process on the demands, including a sustainability questionnaire to get an overview of our carriers work within social sustainability, and we dig deeper into the area during audits focusing on these aspects. Our sustainability audit covers drivers’ working conditions, collective agreements, salaries and allowances, as well as security and environmental aspects. Our focus on fair transport is strongly connected to Scania core values, and through this we work together with our carriers for continuous improvements within social sustainability.


To further strengthen the logistics sectors drive to improve working conditions and safety of road transport workers, Scania is part of the Responsible Trucking initiative, facilitated by CSR Europe. The initiative is a collaboration between several transport suppliers and transport buyers, who together have developed common social guidelines for the transport area.

Packaging

Packaging is an essential part of the logistic flow. Optimized packaging solution decreases both the transport demand and the use of packaging material and is an excellent way to reduce both costs and emissions.
 

Scania has a target to reduce packaging related emission by 40% until 2025 (with 2017 as baseline). To succeed, we continuously focus on increasing the fill rate in our packaging but also on using more sustainable packaging materials.
 

From 2020 we require that all suppliers of wood based packaging are FSC or PEFC certified. We have also started the journey to reduce the use of virgin plastics and transfer to recycled or bio based plastics with the target to reach at least 80% by 2025. Progress is measured annually and in 2021 we reached a level of 58% recycled content on the returnable packaging assortment. 

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