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Scania boasts solutions for customers serious about making a significant change to their CO2 emissions profile.
Scania prime mover in Australia.

Electrification is an increasingly important tool for making transport more sustainable, but it cannot achieve the necessary decarbonisation alone.

Sustainable biofuels are often both a cost and CO₂ efficient solution — and sometimes the only viable option for some transport applications and markets.

“Scania develops and provides the largest portfolio of engines on the market that can run on alternatives to fossil fuels, such as biodiesel, HVO and liquefied or compressed biogas,” says Alexander Corne, Scania Australia spokesman.

“All of our Euro 6 engines can run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), while many of our trucks can run on biodiesel. We have developed this portfolio over the course of the past 25 years.”

In the transport sector, biofuels can make an almost instant contribution to decarbonisation.

According to a recent study by the Stockholm Environmental Institute, biofuels are vital for decarbonising heavy-duty transport over the next decades, both for new and existing fleets.

The reduction in CO₂ emissions will vary depending on fuel quality, as well as different driving environments and applications, which is why Scania qualifies its positioning statements by saying a particular renewable fuel can ‘reduce CO₂ compared to diesel, from a well-to-wheel perspective,’ by a certain amount.

Generally speaking, Scania expects its engines running on renewable fuels to provide the following reduction in CO₂ emissions:

• Biodiesel: 50-80 per cent, typically 60 per cent

• HVO: 50-90 per cent, typically 83 per cent when using waste-based feedstock

• Biogas (methane): 50-90 per cent, typically 80 per cent HVO can be made from different sources — such as waste oil, rape seed oil, waste cooking oil and animal fat waste.

Using these sources of energy has a great impact on the total greenhouse gas savings, according to Scania.

“We have the technology on hand for customers who want to run their vehicles on HVO, although it is true to say that most HVO available in Australia at present is imported,” Alexander says.

“On the other hand, we have a good supply and access to biodiesel, which is made in Australia and can offer in addition to emissions reduction, a sense of fuel security, reducing our reliance on imported fuel.”

Many current generation Scania engines can run on 100 per cent biodiesel (B100), up to and including the 590hp 16.4-litre V8 engine, and all 2024-model year engines can run on B10, a 10 per cent blend of biodiesel and regular diesel.

“Scania has the solutions if customers are serious about making a significant change to their CO₂ emissions profile. While we understand there is a lot of excitement surrounding the adoption of battery electric propulsion, its suitability for the wide range of applications we have in Australia will evolve over time,” adds Alexander.

“Certainly biodiesel is a solution that is ready to go right now, and HVO equally can work too.”

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