Integrating sustainability into the business means Scania has to leverage innovative thinking, develop partnerships and work more extensively within the logistics flow to capture efficiencies.
By combining three approaches to integrating sustainability, Scania’s objective is to pioneer and scale sustainable transport solutions that deliver value for all stake holders. This is done by harnessing innovative thinking, developing partnerships with customers as well as others and working more extensively within the logistics flow to capture efficiencies.
Creating an innovative organisation
Scania cannot solve tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s thinking. Being at the forefront of innovation is essential to deliver sustainable transport solutions.
To deliver innovative thinking, Scania strives to be a learning organisation. This means the company and its staff have to continuously challenge themselves to think differently and push technology frontiers. It is this mindset that has led to Scania being a recognised market leader in high-efficiency engines and transmission, as well as use of renewable fuels such as biogas.
Scania’s inclusive way of working – the Scania Production System (SPS) – is grounded in the idea of empowering individuals to drive continuous improvement, take ownership and find a better way to do things. By applying flow thinking Scania is eliminating waste, enhancing value and improving efficiency.
In 2015, Scania will launch leadership training that will strengthen the culture of diverse thinking, personal initiative and innovation and better prepare the company to capture necessary future skills.
Changing the transport system as a whole is complex andrequires all the stakeholders in the transport value chain to worktogether to achieve shared goals.
To make sure the right frameworks are in place for innovative, sustainable solutions to gain traction, Scania must collaborate more with academia, governments and other stakeholders to push the envelope, and spread best practice. The newly established, multidisciplinary Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, which Scania co-founded, is one example of how Scania is collaborating to test and trial new ideas for the transport of goods and people.
In the future, Scania expects many new types of collaboration, and cross-fertilisation between industries and disciplines will be needed. Working within the ‘Triangle’ in close dialogue with our customers – the transport companies – and their customers – the buyers of transport services – Scania identifies shared objectives. This includes retailers’ need to reduce CO2 emissions from logistics, the transporter’s imperative to reduce fuel costs, and for Scania, to tailor solutions for different industries as valueadded services. The outcome is a win-win-win – for Scania, for the customers and for the environment.
In line with broader stakeholder expectations for greater transparency, Scania is also working with industry peers and organisations like CSR Europe to improve supply chain management and enhance traceability.
As well as being a manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, Scania is increasingly developing new ways of delivering customervalue based on a full service offering that delivers lifecycle profitability. Especially in emerging markets, Scania sees that solutions built on innovation and partnerships with customers can have a positive impact, spurring the ability to leapfrog to sustainable transport solutions such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
To make the shift towards sustainable transport systems, the entire transport value chain needs to change. This means doing business differently. One step in this direction is Ecolution by Scania – a full service offering to purchasers of our vehicles. Through this package, Scania supplies ongoing maintenance and training throughout the entire lifecycle of the products. This new approach creates real opportunities to reduce the impacts of trucks and buses during use. These services have a proven track record in helping customers improve efficiency and cut costs by optimising the vehicle, driving and service.
Connectivity is another very promising avenue, opening up new possibilities for efficiency gains through remote diagnostics and new ways of working.