With demand for goods transport on the rise, the transport industry’s challenge is to manage growth while reducing emissions.
Scania recently shared how the global commercial vehicle maker is leading the shift towards sustainable transportation at the recent Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit (SSEABS) held in Kuala Lumpur.
Scania was one of the main sponsors of SSEABS that had sustainability as a theme.
Among the objectives was to further explore cooperation opportunities among Sweden, Malaysia and Southeast Asia in the areas of waste to energy, waste to fuel and recycling.
Industry experts shared their views and perspectives on how Swedish models, innovations and technologies, which resulted in 99 per cent of all waste in Sweden being reused one way or the other, could be adapted in the local and regional context.
Sweden is one of the leading countries in renewable energy. It met its target of 49 per cent renewable energy by 2020 already in 2012, eight years ahead of schedule. In 2015 renewables provided 52 per cent of Sweden’s energy. To achieve this, Sweden launched an extensive support programme on green energy, high taxation on carbon emissions as well as tax breaks for low emissions cars to encourage local and regional climate investment.
In a discussion on ‘Circular Economy – Waste to Wealth’, the guest speaker was David Lantz, the sustainability manager of Scania Southeast Asia. Lantz discussed how waste could create job opportunities to enhance economic growth while lowering emissions to improve public health.
“We have to see waste as a resource and something that could add value in our society,” he said.
Lantz pointed out that Scania ethanol buses had been in operation in Swedish cities since 1989.
“It’s been almost 30 years now. Scania has a lot of experience with this mature technology; such soot-free city buses are very reliable.”
Lantz also said the benefits of using bio-fuels included job creation; it created 100 times more jobs per energy unit produced compared with the traditional fossil fuel industry. The business case for a circular economy was compelling. Studies showed that the global economy could benefit immensely from a more circular approach, embodied in material savings, emission reductions and job creation.
“Look at using bio-gas from rotting organic waste; bio-gas is an excellent fuel that could be used for public transport or even waste collection – thus, creating a circular economy. Bio-gas (or methane gas) is released from rotting organics like food in a landfill. By converting that methane gas and using it in the public transport system, we are lowering harmful emissions in both the public transport system and waste sector,” he said.
Lantz noted that the costs of using bio-gas could be easily lowered. “In Europe, you treat the organic waste and produce the bio-gas in the city, and reduce transportation costs. Take Stockholm (capital of Sweden), for instance; the biogas plant is next to the depot and you just pipe it in.”
Sweden has vast know-how and expertise on waste to wealth. It achieved a rate of 99-per cent reuse of waste produced by households, municipalities and industries, of which half is recycled and the other half used for waste to energy purposes. In other words, Sweden has gone through a recycling revolution considering that only 38 per cent of household waste was recycled in 1975.
The latest studies clearly demonstrate how climate change mitigation targets and policies could combine with high levels of economic growth. Strong climate policies contributing to economic growth and job creation facilitated Sweden’s transformation to a low carbon society.
Hosted by Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, the ambassador of Sweden in Malaysia, SSEABS was organised by the Embassy of Sweden in cooperation with Business Sweden. Also present were Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg.
斯堪尼亚东南亚可持续性经理蓝特兹（David Lantz）是“循环经济 –废物至废物”讨论会中的嘉宾。他谈到废物如何在制造就业机会和加强经济成长的同时，降低废气排放，改善公众健康。
此峰会由瑞典大使馆和瑞典商业联办，瑞典驻马大使达克（Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt）主持。出席者包括国际贸易与工业部长拿督斯里慕斯达法（Datuk Seri Mustapa Muhamed ）和瑞典企业及创新部长丹贝格（Mikael Damberg）。