The science is clear
Climate change is real
Climate change is happening now, and it requires immediate and ambitious action to prevent the worst effects on people and nature all over the world.
The greenhouse effect Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases, most notably CO2 through the burning of fossil fuels, collect in the atmosphere and absorb solar radiation that has bounced off the Earth’s surface. Normally, this radiation would escape into space but greenhouse gases trap heat and cause the planet to get hotter.
Source 1,2 NASA 2019
The average global temperature should not rise above 2° C, and ideally not above 1.5° C. If this fails, we will see the following effects. (3)
RISING SEA LEVELS: With a 2° C increase, sea levels in 2100 will be 1.04 metres higher than they were in 1990, and Amsterdammers will be ﬂooded up to their knees. An irreversible ‘tipping point’ of a 1.24 metre-rise is reached with a temperature of 3–4° C, while a 5° C rise raises sea levels by 1.43 metres, ﬂooding coastal cities such as New York and Bangkok.
EXTREME WEATHER: Since 2010, we’ve seen the ﬁve warmest years on record. If the global temperature increases by more than 2° C, the world will experience annual heatwaves. A 3–4° C increase would turn Southern Europe into a desert. North America, Asia and Australia are already seeing more intense rainfall, more ﬂooding and stronger hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones each year.
LOW CROP YIELDS: Rising global temperatures mean there will be lower yields of staple crops such as wheat and corn. With a 2° C rise the yield drops by 20 percent and there would be as much as 40 percent less yield if temperatures rose by between 3 and 4° C.
SHRINKING POLAR ICE CAPS: The Arctic is in the frontline of global warming. The current reduction in sea ice is already at an unprecedented 15 percent, but that will double with a 2° C global increase, threatening polar bears and other indigenous animals with extinction. Antarctica’s ice mass loss has tripled in the past decade.
Source: 3 2019 World Wildlife Fund
“EVEN AS WE WITNESS DEVASTATING CLIMATE IMPACTS CAUSING HAVOC ACROSS THE WORLD, WE ARE STILL NOT DOING ENOUGH, NOR MOVING FAST ENOUGH, TO PREVENT IRREVERSIBLE AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DISRUPTION”
- António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
Source: 4 2017: Rockström J., et al
Source: 5 IPCC 2014
6 2018: Scania, the Pathways Study
We at Scania are committed to driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system.
We are also committed to carrying out our operations in a sustainable manner.
As with everything else we do, we base our climate work on the core values, priorities and principles that are illustrated by the Scania House.
Scania has set ambitious targets and plans to move towards fossil-free operations well before 2050.
Sustainability is at the core of Scania’s 2025 Strategy and reducing the climate impact from our products and our operations will be key priorities in the years ahead.
Looking at both our direct and indirect emissions, the vast majority of Scania’s total climate impact is generated when our products are being used.
With the rollout of our 2025 Strategy, Scania is setting new corporate targets related to climate and the impact of our products. These targets underline our commitment to ensuring that emissions from Scania products are in line with what is required by the Paris Agreement.
To support our climate goal of reducing CO2 emissions from the rolling ﬂeet, we are also setting clear volume targets for biofuel and electriﬁed buses and trucks.
These vehicles will enable big savings in CO2 emissions, but only through efforts by Scania and its partners to ensure that the fuel and electricity used are sustainable; i.e. the gas should be biogas and the electricity generated should come from renewable sources.
Cut CO2 emissions by 50 percent from our purchased land transport per tonne by 2025.
Cut CO2 emissions in our operations by 50 percent by 2025.
Switch to 100 percent fossil-free electricity by 2020.
WHAT DO THE TARGETS MEAN TO YOU?
These corporate level targets have been or should be broken down to relevant objectives and activities throughout the organisation. This could entail department, production unit, business unit, distributor, dealer or workshop. Find out what targets are most relevant to your operation.
The facts on this page are from the following sources:
1 2019: NASA; climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
2 2019: NASA; climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/127/global-temperature/
3 2019: World Wildlife Fund
4 Rockström J. et al. (2017),A roadmap for rapid decarbonization, Science 6331
5 2014: IPCC, Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of WorkingGroups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IntergovernmentalPanel on Climate Change
6 2018: Scania, the Pathways Study