With the Paris Agreement reached at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP21, world leaders have affirmed their commitment to curb climate change. Nearly all countries have published their own plans for limiting carbon emissions.
This new inclusive global agreement provides a framework for action. It sends a strong signal that will accelerate the low-carbon transition that is already under way.
Societies and industries must now scale up low carbon alternatives to meet the agreed objective of curbing global warming. Transport, which presently accounts for 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, is one of these. This confirms that Scania is on the right path.
“The good news is that non-fossil heavy transport alternatives are available here and now,” says Executive Vice President Henrik Henriksson, Head of Sales and Marketing, Scania. “We offer a wide range of alternatives for every truck and bus operation.”
Pioneer in alternatives
Scania pioneered alternative fuels more than 30 years ago with the introduction of bioethanol, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent. In addition, it now offers vehicles for biogas, biodiesel and hybrid operations. Several applications for electrified vehicles are now being developed, including continuous charging along electric highways and wireless charging on roads for buses.
Although greenhouse gas emissions from transport among OECD countries have, according to the latest assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), declined by 3 percent 2000–2010, emissions continue to rise in other countries. This is particularly evident in middle-income countries with a corresponding increase in emissions over the same period by 50 percent and threatening to increase even further with economic growth.
Total non-fossil solution
Scania has therefore taken initiatives together with local and national authorities in, for example India and Malaysia, to introduce waste treatment schemes to generate biogas. These are, as yet, promising pilot projects and Scania welcomes strengthened partnerships to reach full-scale operations. “We are prepared to take greater responsibility in not only supplying non-fossil vehicles but also in establishing alternative fuel production and fuel distribution infrastructure.”
Meanwhile, the focus cannot solely be on the fuels or even on vehicles themselves. To achieve truly low carbon transport systems, it is necessary to broaden the scope to the entire logistic system. Better route and load planning through increased collaboration between transport buyers and transporters can significantly reduce waste. Ensuring an optimal fill rate enhances transport efficiency and helps avoid unnecessary CO2 emissions.
Scania is committed to achieving low carbon transport in its own transport operations, with the target to reach a 25-percent CO2 reduction in inbound deliveries from 2012 to 2020. Similar savings can be obtained in many other operations by selecting alternative fuels and streamlining logistics. “With the many opportunities now available, I’m convinced that the transport sector in the coming years will be able meet the climate challenge,” states Henrik Henriksson.