Scania took a break for the climate

Scania in Malaysia and Singapore closed its operations for one hour on 20 September in support of a call for a Climate Day.

Starting from 11am until 12pm on 20 September 2019, more than 350 employees at all twelve of Scania Malaysia branches nationwide as well as the Regional Product Centre in Port Klang, Scania employees in Scania Singapore and Asia Product Centre in Singapore stopped working – and gathered instead to attend a Scania Climate Day training on sustainability at their respective premises.

They were not alone. Scania operations also in all the rest of Asia and Scania employeed also elsewhere in the world paused on this special Friday to carry out training in climate science and sustainable operations for the company’s 52,000 employees. They joined discussions, quiz sessions, reflection sessions, conference calls across the branches and what next steps that can be taken.

“It starts with the awareness, the know-how and the actions, that we as employees, can take as a responsible business,” says Marie Sjödin Enström, Managing Director Scania Southeast Asia.

“Scania Climate Day is important to us as a company because it gives us a chance to reflect internally whilst sending a strong message on the importance of sustainability.”

In preparation for this huge event, Scania had trained some 2,500 colleagues to lead dynamic workshops at their workplaces and a training package in more than 30 languages has been distributed throughout the world.

Pre-Sales Director, Tom Kuiphuis, Scania Malaysia conducting the sustainability training during Scania Climate Day where he emphasized that by using biogas vehicles, we will be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 140,000 tonnes and through the recycling of plastic and reducing the amount of plastic within the business, we will be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 600 tonnes.
At Scania Malaysia Ipoh Branch, also customers shared in answering Climate Quiz during the Scania Climate Day.
Scania customers also participated at Scania Malaysia Butterworth during the Scania Climate Day sustainability training to show their commitment towards minimising CO2 emissions for a better future.
In Thailand, there was little time to theory. Several provinces in the north and east of Thailand are severely floaded, and Scania threw in some of their strongest trucks expected to be able to get as wde around in the area and distribute clean drinking water to people suffering from the flooding.

Scania CEO Henrik Henriksson wanted to ask employees in their respective groups with their multicultural background around the world to suggest measures that they believe can reduce their climate footprint at work in the short, medium and long term.

“I’m confident this will significantly accelerate Scania’s sustainability journey,” says CEO Henrik Henriksson.

Scania is committed to driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In conjunction with the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 that will be taking place on 23 September 2019 in New York, United States of America, Scania will reiterate its commitment towards minimising emissions from its products and its own operations. These include cutting CO2 emissions by 50 percent from its land transport per transported tonne by 2025 (using 2016 as a baseline), cutting CO2 emissions from its operations by 50 percent by 2025 (using 2015 as a baseline), switching to 100 percent fossil-free electricity by 2020 where the necessary prerequisites are in place, and continuing to offer the broadest range of products on the market that run on alternatives to fossil fuel such as its commercial biofuel solutions.


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