Time to clear the air

Time to clear the air

The transport sector is a major source of local emissions of particulates (PM). Within cites, over 80% of these emissions can often be attributed to heavy diesel vehicles. Yet, the need for transports is constantly growing – a challenge that must be addressed.

While the challenge is great, the necessary shifts in behaviour and technology are actually readily available. And as such, so is the opportunity for future generations to inherit a brighter environment and improved quality of life through sustainable urban mobility – helping to literally clear the air.

However, there is no single magic “silver bullet” solution. The most practical, cost-effective and immediate way forward is to promote efforts in three key areas: Smarter and more attractive public transport, improved energy efficiency and a shift towards clean alternative fuels and electrification. Success is contingent upon active and parallel efforts across them all.

Realistically, sustainability has to go hand in hand with profitability. As such, the total cost of operation of many of Scania’s clean Euro 6 sustainable solutions is actually lower than for traditional operation – through combining energy-efficient vehicle technologies with better logistics and driver training. Since cost effective proven solutions for clean and low carbon public transport have been used successfully for decades, neither technology nor cost is the issue.

Clean and low carbon around the world

Scania has been providing soot-free buses since 1989. In 2016, Scania sold 2 583 soot-free buses (Euro 6), representing 30.5 % of total bus sales.

Cartagena, Colombia: The first city in Colombia with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system running on clean Euro 6 gas.

Jakarta, Indonesia: The introduction of clean Euro 6 and comfortable gas buses on the No. 1 bus system corridor.

Stockholm, Sweden: The fully fossil free bus fleet, and an increasing number of waste and distribution trucks running on bioethanol, biomethane, biodiesel and as biofuel hybrids, earned the Swedish capital the “Green Capital of Europe” award.

Nagpur, India: Through active collaboration with local authorities and partners, a large facility for Scania bioethanol and biogas buses powered by waste is being introduced.

Reading, UK: The city has experienced a 7–15% annual growth on routes with biogas buses, produced from local sewage, organic waste and manure.

Virginia, South Africa: With Scania’s gas buses, Euro 6 technology can be utilised without of complex after-treatment, achieving clean transport where diesel quality is poor and AdBlue is not readily available. All while operating at a lower per-kilometre cost than diesel.

Madrid: With tough restrictions being enforced to battle pollution, Madrid is actively deploying clean Euro 6 drivelines operating on alternative fuels – not only contributing towards the Paris climate targets but even more so towards a substantially cleaner city.

Euro 6 – a major step forward

The Euro emission legislation was introduced in the 1990s in order to limit local emissions from trucks and buses.

With each step of this legislation, engines have become much cleaner. But with the 2013 move from Euro 5 to Euro 6, a major step was take n by adding the requirement that the vehicles conform to the emission standards over the life of the vehicle, for 700,000 km or 7 years respectively. As such, Euro 6 has truly become the benchmark emission standard for cleaning up our cities.