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Low-carbon solutions must be deployed now: Scania

Scania’s Executive Vice President for Commercial Operations, Mathias Carlbaum, has confirmed Scania’s commitment to the Paris Agreement terms to curb global warming.

“Climate change cannot wait, and we need to take action now. We can start to bend the emission curve here and now,” said Carlbaum, speaking at the Electromobility Day at the UN’s COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, this week.

In keeping with its view of pathways to sustainable transport, Scania says it welcomes the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy by 2050.

As noted by the Commission, Europe must accelerate the transition towards zero-emission mobility. Transport, it contends, must become more energy-efficient as society reduces its dependence on oil until its use is eventually phased out altogether, in favour of exclusively fossil-free fuels.

Therefore, the Commission argues, the European Union needs a comprehensive regulatory framework comprising action on clean technologies through improved emission standards, and the deployment of low-carbon fuels. This calls for rapid electrification and, in parallel, a strong deployment of sustainable biofuels.

“Given the sense of urgency, we can’t continue to emit fossil carbon for 10 more years,” said Carlbaum. “We need to quickly deploy the solutions for CO2-free transport that are already at hand.”

In the coming decade, Scania says, heavy vehicles will increasingly be electrified, initially as hybrids. Meanwhile, e-highways offer a highly promising carbon-reduction pathway, and Scania is involved with such projects in Sweden, Germany and Italy.

“The technology is already here and tested. They improve efficiency in the use of electric vehicles and need for batteries. Connecting the main road network between the three largest Swedish cities with an electrical road network would, for example, decrease carbon emissions from road freight by half,” he said.

However, it is not expected that electrified heavy transport vehicles will be fully technically and commercially viable for another 10 years. Therefore, to succeed in fulfilling the Paris Agreement climate goals, sustainable biofuels must increasingly be utilised.

“In combination with electrification, this gives the fastest carbon emission abatement,” said Carlbaum.

Scania’s vehicles can operate on all commercially available renewable biofuels, which means carbon emission reductions of up 90 percent.

“The widespread proliferation of bioenergy is realistic and has a significant potential,” Carlbaum told the conference.

“Ethanol, biogas and biodiesel all have the advantage of contributing to a regional circular economy, reducing CO2 emissions, increasing energy security and creating local jobs.”

Carlbaum also emphasised to the Katowice audience the need for new partnerships, creating the right conditions along the value chain together with customers and customers’ customers.

“Agriculture, forestry and waste handling all have a potential to contribute to the production of bioenergy. The development of infrastructure and, not the least, political frameworks all need to go hand in hand.”

The Electromobility Day is just one of the many events in which Scania participated throughout the COP24 conference, to underline the company’s commitment to achieving sustainable transport.

(Image: Mathias Carlbaum, Scania’s Executive Vice President for Commercial Operations)

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