Scania was present and ready to take action at COP22. During the conference the company also took the opportunity to join another global sustainability initiative – Below50.
Last week the UN Climate Change Conference 2016, COP22, took place in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference was the first global climate meeting since the Paris agreement to achieve a global warming of under two degrees entered into force.
“The purpose of COP22 was moving from agreement to action and focusing on sustainable cities and Africa. For Scania it’s important to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable transport and our willingness to lead and communicate our solutions to decision-makers and business partners, as well as to our customers,” says Andreas Follér, Sustainability Manager, Scania.
The focus on sustainable cities is in line with Scania’s operations, where the aim for a more sustainable transport system has led to the implementation of solutions such as the bus rapid transit system in Ghana.
“Scania participated at COP22 to showcase our solutions and establish contacts with relevant decision-makers to push for the three pillars of sustainable transport: energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and electrification and smart transport,” explains Follér.
During the COP22 conference Scania took yet another step in its work toward sustainable transport and joined Below50, a global initiative to lift the potential in sustainable biofuels that from ‘well to wheel’ (i.e. their complete life cycle) reduce CO₂ emissions by at least 50 percent.
”Biofuels are a necessity to reach a sustainable transport system in time to meet the climate agreement,” says Follér.
Partnership is the key
Below50 is represented by each part of the biofuel chain, with participants from producers to transport suppliers and transport buyers.
“A powerful means to lead the shift towards a sustainable transport systems is to form industry cooperation with all involved parties: the buyers of transport, the transporters, Scania and the fuel and infrastructure suppliers. We believe these partnerships are the model of working to break through the regular pattern and start the shift. Below50 provides Scania with an excellent platform of leaders to explore and launch partnerships with different parts of the logistical value chain,” says Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO.