Scania pioneers better logistics  to reduce carbon emissions

Scania pioneers better logistics to reduce carbon emissions

In 2014, Scania set its own ambitious target to achieve a 25 percent CO2 reduction for inbound logistics to production and between production units in Europe by 2020, with 2012 as the baseline.

This approach has already resulted in a 16 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. With a 27 percent relative improvement in the fill rate since the end of 2012, Scania has demonstrated that cost and environmental efficiencies go hand in hand.

Scania continues to improve its logistics flow and impose stricter standards for suppliers of inbound transport. Scania hereby takes greater responsibility as a transport buyer in designing logistics flows and transport routes, in close partnership with transport suppliers. Scania’s inbound transport flow is now organised to increase logistics efficiency by finding the right equipment, the right carrier, the right modality and the right routing. Strategically placed hubs help consolidate volume and increase the filling rate of each truck.

The Italian transport company Arcese is one of the transporters that Scania works in partnership with to enhance logistics.

The Italian transport company Arcese is one of the transporters that Scania works in partnership with to enhance logistics.

Halved emissions

Scania Transport Laboratory, a Scania subsidiary that supplies 10 percent of its inbound transport, was established with the aim of providing greater insight into customers’ challenges. The Laboratory enables Scania to test and evaluate vehicle properties and performance on the road. Through concerted efforts to reduce CO2 through driver training, and a focus on fill rate and efficient vehicles, the Laboratory’s CO2 emissions have been halved between 2008 and 2014, calculated per tonne of goods transported.

In a trial launched in 2014, Scania Transport Laboratory began transporting cargo in Sweden using double semi-trailers 32 metres long and weighing 78 tonnes on specially designated routes. Double trailers allow for an increased fill rate and enable greater efficiency. Tests will continue in 2015.

Reducing climate impact

Scania works towards halving the climate impact of transported goods by 2020 compared with 2000. Achieving this rides on a combination of cutting-edge technology, good maintenance, better driving skills, smart logistics and renewable fuels. To lower the impact of the transport sector and increase its value to society, Scania works with other stakeholders on both sides of the sustainable transport equation – logistics and mobility.

“Our aim is to be the leader in the shift towards sustainable transport systems, an ambition we strive to realise in our daily work,” says Scania’s President and CEO Martin Lundstedt.  “We are working to engage the entire logistical chain from transport producers to suppliers and to users. We want to bring a new way of thinking about transport – one that is innovation-driven, systems-based and founded on collaboration.”

Read more about Scania’s efforts to increase sustainability in the 2014 Sustainability Report.