Scania

Reducing the carbon footprint – step by step

All of Scania’s nine major production facilities worldwide are now powered by fossil-free electricity. The final large production plant to phase out fossil energy in 2020 was Scania’s production plant in Tucumán, Argentina, which is supplied with electricity from a wind farm.

This constituted a major step in Scania’s commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2025, with 2015 as a baseline. Throughout the world, Scania’s production plants, workshops and dealers are seeking opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint further. The focus is now on ensuring that all other operations throughout the world associated with administering, selling, maintaining and repairing Scania trucks and buses radically reduce their carbon emissions.

In Asia and Oceania, for example, comprehensively analyses of energy usage have formed the basis for investments in new technology to reduce energy consumption. It involves everything from switching to LED lights in offices and workshops and fixing leaking air compressors to more far-reaching steps such as replacing energy-gulping air conditioning with more energy-efficient systems and introducing small-scale solar panel installations.

However, the targeted carbon reduction cannot be reached without an extensive shift to fossil-free electricity sources. Scania will in Asia and Oceania, whenever possible, utilise locally available renewable energy, including solar, wind and hydro power. In Australia, for example, Scania powers the vast majority of its operations with locally produced fossil-free electricity.

Others, such as Scania’s European cab production plant in Oskarshamn, Sweden, has already reached full carbon neutrality, becoming first of its major production plants around the world to successfully phase out carbon emitting production elements.

The Oskarshamn plant annually manufactures approximately 70,000 cabs, primarily for Scania’s European assembly plants in France, the Netherlands and Sweden. The highly automated process consists of five steps: pressing, bodywork, primer painting, topcoat painting and assembly.

The largest contribution to reducing carbon emissions has been to convert the three ovens for the primer painting process – water drying, powder and seam sealing – from fossil diesel to the biofuel RME (Rapeseed Methyl Ester). That alone reduced Oskarshamn’s climate impact by 60 per cent. The final major step has been to also power ovens for the topcoat painting process with RME.

Meanwhile, the last diesel-powered forklifts have been phased out in favour of electric propulsion, and internal transport vehicles that were previously operated on fossil diesel have switched to an on-site supply of the renewable biofuel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil).

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