Scania's Science-Based Targets are now Approved. Scania will halve its emissions. Scania is a commercial vehicles manufacturer. Published in The Green Bee: Eco-Journalism. Author Juanele Villanueva

Scania’s Science-Based Targets are Approved

4th May 2020

As the first major manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles, Scania’s climate targets have been approved by the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi). Scania is committed to achieving the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Other companies in the UK have set their own targets for being carbon-neutral.

Cuts emissions by half

Scania will cut CO2 emissions from its own operations by 50% by 2025. Moreover, it will reduce its emissions from all its products by 20% during the same period.

President and CEO Henrik Henriksson said: «Since more than 90% of the CO2 emissions are generated after the products leave our factories, it is imperative that we also consider these emissions. Limiting ourselves to only reducing our own emissions is simply not enough. We will, therefore, work in close cooperation with our customers in operating the vehicles».

Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO

The SBTi approval recognises that Scania’s targets align with the most strict decarbonisation. The targets that Scania has set include both direct and indirect emissions. It also considers emissions from when the products are in use.

«We congratulate Scania for their commitment to take the urgent action needed to address the climate crisis,» said Alexander Farsan, global lead for Science-Based Targets at WWF. He adds: «They are the first heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer to set ambitious science-based targets. They also commit to reducing emissions not only from their own operations but also from the use of their vehicles.»

Johan Rockström, a professor in Earth system science in Germany said: «Science is today clear that our future on Earth depends on holding global warming well-below 2°C. This means, cutting emissions by half every decade». He adds that heavy transport is the backbone of our societies. Therefore, he congrats the recently approved Scania’s science-based. It will send a strong signal through the economy, that decarbonising is real. And it is feasible.

It’s a milestone on fossil-free transport

Over the past several years, Scania has significantly reduced CO2 emissions from its own operations and from its own transport and logistics. They have also worked to minimise emissions from its products through fuel efficiency measures. Since more than 25 years, the company has provided the industry’s broadest range of products that run on alternatives to fossil fuel. In September 2019, Scania announced its aim to set Science Based Targets. The approval of these targets now marks another major milestone on the journey towards fossil-free transport.»Regardless of whether we, as at present, are in the midst of a crisis or not, we will not compromise on sustainability. Driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system is Scania’s purpose and we remain fully committed,» says Henriksson.

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