Profitability and sustainability go hand in hand, which is why a key challenge – and opportunity – for the transport industry is reducing the size of its carbon footprint.
Scania believes it is possible to reduce transport industry emissions per tonne/km by 50 percent between 2000 and 2020.
Insights into customer challenges
Scania Transport Laboratory, a Scania subsidiary that handles 10 percent of the company’s inbound transport, was established with the aim of providing insights into the challenges facing customers. Input from the laboratory helps Scania to test and evaluate the performance and properties of vehicles on the road.
Through measures including driver training, and a focus on fill rates and efficient vehicles, the laboratory was able to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent between 2008 and 2014, calculated per tonne of goods transported. The increased efficiency is a result of improved driver behaviour, smarter maintenance, and the use of alternative fuels as well as relatively simple aerodynamic adjustments. Further reductions are expected with approval of the use of longer trailers. At present, trials are being conducted with 31,6 metre truck and trailer combinations.
Versatile transport assignments
Scania believes this is an approach that can also be used by its customers.
Scania Transport Laboratory facilitates the Scania’s European production flow and hauls freight and components locally and between production units in Södertälje in Sweden and Zwolle in the Netherlands, as well as bus transit between facilities and into the city of Stockholm.
The Transport Laboratory employs more than 100 drivers. Experience has shown that in spite of the fact that these are all highly trained drivers, fuel-consumption performance varies. This is also valuable in forming training activities.
The fleet ranges from ethanol-fuelled distribution trucks to long-haulage trucks as well as trucks from competitors.