SCA­NIA TACK­LES EMIS­SIONS WITH BIO-FUEL OP­TIONS

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SCA­NIA AUS­TRALIA has re­cently signed Mem­o­randa of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with three providers in the bio-fu­els in­dus­try, to “lubri­cate the path to­wards adop­tion of more sus­tain­able and cleaner trans­port so­lu­tions for its cus­tomers,” it stated.

In re­cent weeks, Sca­nia has signed an MOU with Wil­mar Bioethanol Aus­tralia, Ecotech Biodiesel, and the NGV Group, which are the in­fras­truc­ture sup­pli­ers and con­sul­tants for nat­u­ral gas and bio­gas.

“Hav­ing held many dis­cus­sions at high lev­els with a num­ber of trans­port-re­lated en­ti­ties through­out the course of the year, from gov­ern­ments to op­er­a­tors and sup­pli­ers and hav­ing noted sig­nif­i­cant en­thu­si­asm for ac­tu­ally turn­ing this into ac­tion, Sca­nia is now mov­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the adop­tion of al­ter­na­tive-fu­elled ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia,” said Anthony King, Sca­nia Aus­tralia’s Sus­tain­able So­lu­tions man­ager.

“We have there­fore em­barked on a pro­gramme of cre­at­ing MOUs with a num­ber of key sup­pli­ers who will sup­ply re­li­able, con­sis­tent and widely avail­able fu­els for cus­tomers nom­i­nat­ing al­ter­na­tive fu­els for their fu­ture Sca­nia ve­hi­cles.

“This is all part of our drive to­wards cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able trans­port fu­ture,” King said. “Sus­tain­abil­ity at Sca­nia is based on the three pil­lars of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency; al­ter­na­tive fu­els, elec­tri­fi­ca­tion; and smart and safe trans­port.

“Trans­port con­trib­utes a quar­ter of to­tal en­ergy-re­lated CO2 emis­sions and it is these emis­sions that are con­tribut­ing to cli­mate change. Op­er­a­tors do not have to wait to adapt their busi­nesses to a

sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem – the so­lu­tions are al­ready here. Sca­nia can pro­vide a broad range of plat­forms and ser­vices to sup­port our cus­tomers to­day and to­mor­row,” King said.

AS­SIST­ING THE RE­DUC­TION

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, Sca­nia does not see a ‘one-size’ fits all so­lu­tion, yet by driv­ing the shift through op­ti­mised trans­port sys­tems and by choos­ing sus­tain­able fuel path­ways it is al­ready as­sist­ing its cus­tomers to re­duce emis­sions.

“Sca­nia has a long her­itage of de­sign­ing and engi­neer­ing and putting into pro­duc­tion al­ter­na­tive-fu­elled ve­hi­cles across our bus and truck di­vi­sions, as well as our in­dus­trial en­gines,” King ex­plained. “We al­ready have a long-run­ning as­so­ci­a­tion with gas en­gine sup­plier Sand­fir­den, with the first in­dus­trial gas en­gines al­ready in use in Aus­tralia, able to run on waste-gen­er­ated meth­ane.

“The ar­range­ments we are putting in place now with Wil­mar Bioethanol, Ecotech Biodiesel and NGV Group are the first steps in the pro­gramme to be able to im­port, dis­trib­ute, sell, ser­vice and main­tain ve­hi­cles that run on al­ter­na­tive fu­els, or hy­brids that run on al­ter­na­tive fu­els as well.

“Sca­nia is await­ing the ar­rival of its first hy­brid buses, which will be in the coun­try within 6-7 months,” King said. In use in Madrid, these buses are show­ing a 25 per cent re­duc­tion in fuel use, re­duc­ing emis­sions by the same amount.

“We are also look­ing at al­ter­na­tive-fu­elled trucks for some cus­tomers, and we have seen in Swe­den the suc­cess of the Sca­nia hy­brid truck for ur­ban dis­tri­bu­tion. These have the abil­ity to run short dis­tances on bat­tery power alone, which al­lows them ac­cess to densely pop­u­lated ur­ban ar­eas at night for de­liv­er­ies, or waste col­lec­tion, which leads to a re­duc­tion in con­ges­tion dur­ing day­light rush hours.”

800KM RANGE

Ac­cord­ing to King, in the UK Sca­nia has worked with John Lewis Part­ner­ship, a pre­mium su­per­mar­ket and de­part­ment store chain to de­liver bio-meth­ane-fu­elled trucks for medium-duty dis­tri­bu­tion. These ve­hi­cles have a range of up to 800km and achieve a CO2 re­duc­tion of 70 per cent.

“As Sca­nia has been a leader in the pro­vi­sion of Euro 6 emis­sion-con­trol com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia – no­tably with the fleet of close to 100 Euro 6 buses de­liv­ered to Trans­port Can­berra since 2014 – plus the de­liv­ery of many Sca­nia trucks sim­i­larly com­pli­ant, it is only nat­u­ral that we now look at rolling out ac­cess to fur­ther al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles to a wider body of cus­tomers,” King said.

“This is all part of our drive to­wards ... a sus­tain­able trans­port fu­ture.”

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