Shifting gears

Shifting gears

Scania wants to be a trusted partner in the shift towards sustainable transport, boosting efficiency and increasing the share of renewables. With this approach, Scania will deliver better value for both customers and society.

The transport industry is undergoing a paradigm shift. In line with GDP growth and set to grow 40 percent by 2030 compared to 2012, global freight transport has to deliver almost double its output. (1). At the same time, we need to halve our impacts. This means we need to decouple growth in transport from carbon emissions. With global population increasing and more people moving into already congested cities, reliable and accessible mobility systems are critical.

Logistics and mobility

Scania’s ambition is to work 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. We are working on both sides of the sustainable transport equation – logistics and mobility – to lower the sector’s impacts and increase its value to society. At the same time, it requires concerted efforts to engage in the transport agenda, among policymakers and other stakeholders.

Delivering the goods

Logistics is the backbone of international trade and an essential part of a healthy economy. It delivers the benefits of raw materials, food, medicine and consumer goods to where they are needed. Road freight meets this need reliably, cost-effectively and flexibly and its role is expected to grow, particularly in emerging markets.

To ensure this growth is sustainable, it has to be done differently. Scania has the ambition to contribute to the shift towards a sustainable transport system. Scania’s own project NILE, aimed at creating more efficient inbound logistics and thereby reducing carbon emissions, shows how significant improvements can be achieved on a system level.

Moving people

Urbanisation is driving the search for solutions to make mobility more sustainable. Over half the world’s population currently resides in cities, which are responsible for well over 70 percent of global CO2 emissions. Almost a quarter of this is due to transportation (2). Much of this growth will occur in smaller cities that typically have limited resources available to support infrastructure planning. With a population of less than 1 million, they already account for than 60 percent of urban dwellers globally. This is raising concern about congestion, local emissions, road safety and climate impact.

According to the World Health Organisation (3), the number of deaths globally related to road accidents is expected to reach nearly 2 million a year by 2030, up from 1.3 million now. Confirming this trend, Scania sees increasing focus among customers on the importance of road safety.

A low-carbon vision

To scale low-carbon innovation in the transport sector, Scania has committed with industry peers to ‘Vision 20–20’ to reduce fuel consumption from new vehicles by 20 percent over the period 2005–2020, related to fuel consumption per tonne km.