"We can achieve more than 20 percent reduction of CO2 emissions by working even smarter in the current transport systems."
Biofuels, hydrogen fuels cells and electrically-charged roads: just some of the sustainable transport developments that Scania believes could lead the way to a commercial logistics industry that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels. The Swedish truck manufacturer said that employing such technologies would enable commercial transport to achieve the 2050 climate change target set by the United Nations, the Paris Agreement, earlier than planned.
Scania shared its positive outlook in a white paper on the subject it published this week: Pathways Study: Achieving fossil-free commercial transport by 2050, in which the company outlined its belief that emission-free transport was within reach and will contribute major financial and societal benefits. The comprehensive analysis in the white paper, which has been reviewed by an external academic panel, identifies methods that Scania (@ScaniaGroup) maintains would enable the company to reduce its CO2 emissions by a fifth.
“We can achieve more than 20 percent reduction of CO2 emissions by working even smarter in the current transport systems, for example through improved routing and better load management,” said Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO. “Reaching zero CO2 emissions in our sector in the timeframe of the Paris Agreement (@UNFCCC) is attainable but will call for change at an unprecedented high speed, and for serious and joint private and public sector commitment,” he added.
In April, Bio-Based World News reported on a project in Sweden that also aimed to power trucks without the direct use of fossil fuels, with a system that implants electrified rail in the road that feeds into trucks. Called eRoadArlanda, the electrified rail charges vehicles while they use it, enabling them to continue running should power be cut or they turn off the road.
Scania’s key conclusions of its Pathways Study are: smarter logistics, to cut emissions by more than 20% by optimising systems; electrification, by equipping road networks with electricity that can power next-generation vehicles; biofuel, further development of the bio-based fuels that already power a range of vehicles; fuel cells; fuel cells, an area where it expects substantial growth as technology improves and prices fall.
The latest news comes around six months after Hyperloop backer and Tesla owner, Elon Musk, revealed that his team had created a solar-powered truck that he believed would change the face of transport – even predicting “economic suicide” for rail due to the new truck’s efficiency. However, little has been heard from the billionaire investor since the vehicle was announced last year.
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