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Driving The Shift Towards Sustainable Transport

Sustainable transport is all about moving people and goods while contributing to economic and social development without jeopardizing human health and safety or endangering the environment.

Scania’s vision is to drive the shift towards sustainable transport systems, creating a world of mobility that is better for business, society and the environment.

One of the main contributors of environmental degradation is the transport industry. As the leading contributor of carbon emissions, the industry has seen global carbon dioxide emissions increase in 2017, after stabilizing for the last three years, according to the 2018 Emissions Gap Report. The annual report from UN Environment gives an assessment of the 'emissions gap' – the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to a 2°C / 1.5°C target.

This year, increased emissions have led to the highest gap so far. The report further shows that global emissions are at their highest, reaching 53.5 GtCO2e, with no signs of going down. Only 57 countries (representing 60 percent of global emissions) are on track to do so by 2030.

During the launch of the report, UN Environment Deputy Executive Director Joyce Msuya said, “The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we’ve seen – governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. We’re feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach.”

Driving The Shift

In Kenya, companies are beginning to embrace sustainability, and Scania East Africa is keen on being at the forefront of driving this agenda especially in the transport industry. However, a lot needs to be done to get companies to look at sustainability from a long-term perspective encompassing all aspects of it.

Scania has developed solutions to reduce carbon emissions while ensuring the needs of the customers and the larger society are met profitably and sustainably. Tamara Nerima, Marketing Communication Director at Scania East Africa explains, “Locally, sustainability is coming up in the agenda, but you find that when most companies focus on sustainability, they are more focused on the green side of sustainability which includes deforestation or recycling. A lot of focus for most companies when it comes to sustainability has been the aspect of waste management, waste reduction and going green practically.”

New Truck Generation

With the introduction of our new truck generation in East Africa, we want to influence the transport industry to start offering sustainable transport solutions for the society and the environment. We are driving the shift towards sustainable transport by advocating for the use of cleaner fuels, introduction of proper legislation to govern and control emissions and reduction in the importation of vehicles with Euro 0 to Euro 3 engines.

Our New Truck Generation has been built with an advanced engine that has less emissions and maximizes of fuel efficiency. Vehicles in East Africa run on Euro 0 to Euro 3 engines and we have made available vehicles that run on Euro 5 engines that will reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions which is a vast improvement for the environment.

Through improved driver comfort, service intervals (from 30,000km to 60,000km) and fuel efficiency, our new truck generation will help our customers be more profitable by offering relevant sustainable transport solutions that provide them with the right tools to meet their customers’ needs.