Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania Australia, has signed another memorandum of understanding with a supplier to bring greater access for its truck and bus customers to low-emission alternative and renewable fuels.
The agreement was signed between Scania and Refuelling Solutions on Friday 4 October in Melbourne, with the aim of assisting the distribution of biodiesel to a greater number of users of this low emission fuel.
The partnership has evolved as part of Scania’s strategy to remove barriers to all types of operators considering making the shift towards a sustainable transport system, with the adoption of low emission fuel being the first and most significant step in the short term.
“We have been seeking partners who are committed to supplying alternative and renewable fuels of a high, consistent and reliable standard that can be used as genuine substitutes for regular diesel across the heavy vehicle industry,” said Scania Australia Sustainable Solutions Manager, Anthony King.
“To date we have signed [memorandums of understanding] for the supply of biodiesel from Just Biodiesel, as well as Ecotech Biodiesel, Ethanol fuel supplier Wilmar Bioethanol Australia, and the ENGV Group – infrastructure suppliers and consultants for Natural Gas and Biogas.
“Now we are very pleased to welcome Refuelling Solutions to this group of low emission fuel suppliers, as the business plays a vital role in the distribution of low emission fuel to a cross-section of fuel consumers, as well as transporting B100 base stock fuel to refineries for blending to various levels, for wide distribution.
“All of this activity plays a role in reducing CO2 emissions by heavy transport fleets and heavy machinery.
“Furthermore, at Scania we are keen to assist in the strengthening of Australia’s energy self-sufficiency and security, reducing reliance on imports, which as we have seen in recent weeks, are sensitive to dramatic price fluctuations as a result of actions overseas completely beyond our control,” he said.
Under the terms of the agreement, Refuelling Solutions will support Scania Australia’s bid to expand sales of trucks, buses and industrial and marine engines that can run on biofuels. Scania has one of the largest ranges of alternative and renewable fuel-ready engines and has been offering some of these in Australia for some time.
“The solutions we have are available here and now, today,” said King.
“Truck and bus operators who want to contribute more to the concept of low emissions transport solutions can look to Scania to provide vehicles that are not compromised in terms of performance or fuel efficiency, and which, with our partners who are similarly dedicated to the provision of suitable biofuels, can ensure their Scania fleets are powered by high-grade low emission fuels.
“The biodiesel produced in Barnawartha by Just Biodiesel and delivered by Refuelling Solutions meets European Standard EN14214 or the equivalent Australian Standard ASTM6751,” he said.
Refuelling Solutions is a 30-year-old Australian-owned and run business that began supplying fuel via Mini-Tankers to onsite equipment in 1987. Since then it has grown to be a national supplier of fuels to a wide variety of consumers, from primary industries and mining, to major national civil and commercial infrastructure projects.
Founder and Managing Director of Refuelling Solutions, Tony Hartin, attributes the success of his company to strong relationships with partners and customers.
“We aim to deliver solutions that improve refuelling productivity, convenience, reliability and safety for our customer’s businesses, and we are dedicated to continually evolving the way we service our customers,” said Hartin.
“The rise in interest in alternative and renewable fuels, and the increasing number of vehicles that can consume these products delivers an opportunity for our business and we are pleased to form a partnership with Scania to play a role in helping to reduce the environmental impact of fuel consumed by our customers,” he said.
“We cannot act alone,” said King. “We need strategic partnerships to assist us in driving the shift towards sustainable transport solutions.”
(Image L-R: Founder and Managing Director of Refuelling Solutions, Tony Hartin, and Scania Australia Sustainable Solutions Manager, Anthony King.)