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Neste and Scania pilot a digital solution to track renewable fuel usage

Neste and Scania pilot a digital solution to track renewable fuel usage
Combining data from Scania Fleet Management Portal enriched with Neste's fuel emission data, the solution provides Scania’s fleet management customers with accurate, up-to-date data for their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reporting and sustainability communications (image courtesy Scania & Neste).

Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products major Neste Oyj and Sweden-headed heavy-duty vehicle OEM Scania AB, are piloting a digital solution that enables easy follow-up and verification of each truck's usage of renewable fuels. Combining data from Scania Fleet Management Portal enriched with Neste's fuel emission data, the solution provides Scania’s fleet management customers with accurate, up-to-date data for their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reporting and sustainability communications.

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The solution combines data regarding where a certain truck has been refueled and how much it has driven, with data about the climate impact as a result of the use of “Neste MY Renewable Diesel” instead of fossil fuel.

The purpose of our unique collaboration is to test together with a fleet manufacturer how to verify the use of renewable fuels and accurately report the climate impact. The climate data flows now digitally through the systems, whereas before, it was mostly collected manually from different sources, said Mats Hultman, Head of OEM Partnerships at Neste.

Until now, it has been a challenge to verify to what extent trucks really run on renewable fuels, as the very same trucks could also continue to run on fossil fuels. The digital solution now being tested hopes to solve this issue.

Scania’s purpose is to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system, creating a world of mobility that is better for business, society, and the environment. We are sure that data transparency, connectivity, and partnerships in the ecosystem are vital to accelerating this journey, where energy efficiency, electrification, renewable fuels, and smart and safe transport are all part of the solution. In this collaboration, our aim was to enable access to reliable, accurate, and automated emissions calculations that could be used both in daily operations but also showcase the credibility of renewable fuels in the ecosystem said Jacob Thärnå, Head of Sustainable Transport at Scania.

Customers can compare the climate impact of their use of Neste’s renewable fuels to fossil fuels and track their continuous progress towards climate targets.

Our pilot with Scania started by finding out the challenges that transport companies currently face in developing the sustainability of their fleet and related sustainability reporting. We invited customers in the transportation business to take part in interviews to provide the service design team at Scania with a deeper understanding of their sustainable development challenges. We also wanted to support Scania’s own efforts to follow up and report their own progress on the Science Based Targets initiative, Mats Hultman said.

Neste and Scania are testing the digital solution with the Finnish logistics companies HAVI and UFF.

HAVI is committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and we’re proud to work with our customers and partners to provide increasingly sustainable, digitally enabled, and transparent supply chain solutions. With much of our European delivery fleet now powered by alternative fuels such as electrification, biogas, and renewable diesel, we’re delighted that this pioneering digitalization initiative from Scania and Neste enables automatic reporting into the real GHG reductions achieved on behalf of our customers. More widely, deliveries with a verifiably lower carbon footprint could also strengthen trust in the progress that is being made toward net zero, said Massimo D’Alessandro, Director of Sustainability and Innovation at HAVI.

Neste’s and Scania’s joint ambition is that the solution could in the future serve all fleet manufacturers and all types of renewable fuels.

Encouraged by the successful pilot in Finland, we are now looking into expanding the solution to the new markets. Together with Scania and our piloting customers, HAVI and UFF, we aim to demonstrate how climate data can create additional value and push the logistics industry toward lower emissions. Collaboration in the whole industry value chain is important when new solutions are developed, and this pilot is a good example of a customer-centric solution that paves the way for the whole industry to combat climate change, ended Mats Hultman.

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