Efficient capacity utilisation, services instead of products, a holistic view on logistics and transport flows and waste as a resource: these are but a few of the factors that will be key to making the city of the future work.
As part of Scania’s efforts in the area of sustainability, the company has been one of the supporters of the student competition the Sustainergies Cup. The competition aimed to trigger sustainability ideas. Finding functional and innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the city of the future was part of the assignment. Participants came from around the globe, and the five qualifying submissions had one thing in common – all of them had made the correct analysis of Scania.
Andreas Follér is the company’s Sustainability Manager.
“I’m impressed by the connection the students made with regard to Scania’s future business,” he says. “Waste is a common thread in each analysis, and efficiency is central. There is an innovative touch in all the submissions.”
Scania has been around for 125 years, and in order to continue to be successful for another 125 years, there is a need for new perspectives that find efficient ways of utilising existing systems, infrastructure and partners. A good understanding of the complexity of transport systems can lead to attractive solutions placing Scania at the centre of a range of new services and collaborations. A major weakness in today’s transport business is the relatively low load factor, an issue that several submissions focused on.
Follér continues: “It was not just the submissions to the competition themselves that were important: it was the whole process. We followed the students all the way to the final. There is considerable value to Scania in testing ideas about sustainable transport systems and concepts that support the business. When the students presented their suggestions, it resulted in fruitful discussions. Scania has had the opportunity to meet students and showcase what is going on in the company. As a result, the students became aware of development opportunities which can benefit all parties in the long term.”
Marianne Ekstedt is Director for Employer Branding at Scania.
“We need to continue to attract qualified students to all our areas of operations. The Sustainergies Cup has given us access to a network of dedicated students who are passionate about sustainability issues, have shown an interest in Scania, and, importantly, who might not previously has connected Scania with sustainability,” she says.
Scania finds the students’ ideas on sustainable transport solutions inspiring and a matter of great potential benefit for the future, because even if all of the students do not end up working at Scania, they may turn up as a customer, a customers’ customer or a decision maker. It is important for them to know how Scania works to minimise waste.
”The winning submission, (Un)waste, most closely mirrored Scania’s values and excelled in analysing what Scania aims to achieve. (Un)waste develops what we already do, for example with fleet management, to change an existing system by integration instead of adding resource” Follér says.
The (Un)waste project utilises existing logistics flows by linking different entities that use trucks to transport goods and waste. The idea can contribute to more sustainable cities as Scania develops new services for both its customers and its customers’ customers.