Scania Malaysia has been pushing its ‘green’ initiative i.e. Scania Ecolution for some time now. And it is proud to announce that it has thus far achieved a total reduction of 681,000 kg of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which is equal to planting approximately 10,000 trees in the past year.
The Ecolution initiative however, could not have been successful without the involvement of its business partners. This eco programme is a partnership together with Scania customers and is tailor-made for customers to focus on reducing fuel consumption thus resulting in reduced CO2 emissions.
Although reduction of CO2 emissions is crucial in the grand scheme of things, it should not negatively impact the bottom line. Thus Scania’s Ecolution partnership also focuses on reducing its customers’ operating costs which translates to improved profitability; while fulfilling the growing demand for environmentally-friendly initiatives. To be a part of the Scania Ecolution programme, customers need to sign up for the Scania Fleet Management System (FMS) Control 10 Package. In Malaysia, there are over 200 trucks and buses / coaches from more than 30 customers with specifications that have been optimised to suit their respective operations.
Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad was the first coach Ecolution customer in Asia back in 2018, subscribing to Scania total solutions. The optimised vehicles are complemented with the Fleet Management System to obtain vehicle and driver data for analysis. Improvements were then made to the drivers’ performance based on these data, together with training & coaching services to reduce idling, harsh braking or speeding. This resulted in better fuel efficiency and lower carbon footprint for the company.
“Sustainability and profitability can go hand-in-hand. Scania Ecolution and our customers have proven this and can only improve from hereon. This augurs well for shift towards a more sustainable transport system in this country,” stated the Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.
AONE Logistics Sdn Bhd, the first Scania Ecolution truck customer in Asia, also believes that the reduction in fuel usage and CO2 emissions can be achieved through vehicle optimisation. The company’s progress to reach the targets are regularly monitored, evaluated and discussed with a Scania Ecolution Manager periodically to ensure the desired result.
Meanwhile, Mohd Sidek Amzah Enterprise, an exclusive LPG distributor in Senai, Johor, believes in the Ecolution way of working. It regards Scania Ecolution as an important operational tool to remain competitive even though they are a relatively small player in the market. Scania Ecolution helps the company with cost savings resulting from lower fuel consumption. More importantly, Ecolution helps to reduce its carbon footprint, thus lowering its impact to the environment.
As the first major manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles, Scania’s far-reaching climate targets have officially 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.
Scania too aims to cut CO2 emissions from its own operations by 50% by 2025, and reduce emissions from its products by 20% in the same period. It is using Scania Ecolution as one of the many initiatives to help achieve this. “Driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system is Scania’s purpose and we remain fully committed. With the sign-ups progressing rapidly, Scania Ecolution might well become a standard amongst customers in Malaysia, leading the way in Southeast Asia,” concluded Marie.