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Prestigious distinction for Scania's ethanol buses

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) regards Scania’s ethanol-powered buses as one of the best available solutions for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from urban traffic. To Scania, a new market is now opening up as 40 major cities around the world in collaboration with CCI seek new technology to reduce their climate impact.

The Clinton Climate Initiative was launched by the Clinton Foundation and former American President Bill Clinton in August 2006. Its mission is to apply a business-oriented approach to stimulate the use of new technology to combat climate change. Its collaboration with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group is aimed at generating greater demand for cleaner technology.

Scania has close to 20 years of practical experience in the supply of ethanol-fuelled buses. Now the third generation ethanol engines is being introduced, engines that are also being adapted for use in distribution trucks. Compared to a conventional diesel engine, net carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by up to 90 percent if the engine is running on ethanol produced fro sugar cane, for example.

CCI’s appointment of Scania was preceded by an extensive evaluation of its technology. Experience from Stockholm, where the majority of inner city buses are now Scania ethanol buses, shows that it is possible to carry out a large-scale transition to renewable fuels for urban traffic.

Ethanol buses are now being tested by a number of cities in the C40 Group, which include for example cities as Madrid, Melbourne, Beijing and São Paulo.

“To be selected to join the CCI is a major success for Scania’s long-term commitment to renewable fuel engines,” says Leif Östling, Scania's President and CEO. “Our ethanol buses have comparable operating economy to diesel buses and this opens a great opportunity.

“In environmental terms, the distinction also represents a breakthrough. Tackling the climate change issue is a matter for society as a whole. Scania contributes with viable and sustainable solutions that facilitate a more rapid transition from oil dependence to renewable vehicle fuels.”

The C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group consists of: Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, Tokyo and Warsaw.

Through the William J. Clinton Foundation, President Clinton promotes the values of fairness and opportunity for all. His vision is the Foundation's mission: to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.

For more information, please contact Hans-Åke Danielsson, Press Manager, Corporate Relations, tel. +46 70 3468811, email hans-ake.danielsson@scania.com