10 Sep 2018

Cities, communities and sustainable transport systems: Global Goal #11

We were curious about the importance of transportation in relation to the Global Goals, so we wrote a blog post. The text is written by ASAP’s project team, based on information and experience shared directly from Scania.

There is a constant flow of people and goods in the world. The food we eat, the jobs we commute to, the family we visit - all completely dependent on transport. An efficient flow has great benefits and potential to reduce starvation, poverty and boost equality. Actually, in order to achieve many of the Global Goals (SDG’s) we depend on good transport systems and one goal in particular is closely connected to the flow of people and goods: “Global Goal #11 Sustainable cities and communities”. At the same time, the transport sector still contributes to CO2-emissions, air pollution, noise and accidents and needs to address these negative impacts. For Scania the SDG’s is viewed as a shared agenda requiring collaboration across government, business and the wider civil society, which is also why Scania is committed to contribute and drive the change in the transport sector.

Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO

"I think businesses that are not part of developing solutions to the sustainability challenges of our time will struggle to survive.”

One of the ten sub-targets for achieving Global Goal #11 is that everyone should have access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport by 2030. It’s a big commitment and will require a lot of effort. But this is also the very core of Scanias business - what they’re really good at. Let’s look at some examples!

- Scania partner up with cities and communities globally to help them provide public and urban transport that is flexible, accessible and sustainable. There is no coincidence that Scania has the broadest range of buses and coaches that can run on alternative fuels. There isn’t any “one size fits all” solution, conditions and issues vary from place to place and requires locally adapted solutions.

- Scanias hybrid electric trucks reduce both carbon emissions and fuel consumption, and is quieter than a regular truck. This has made a difference in Copenhagen, where Lantmännen now deliver fresh products before 7 a.m with hybrid Scania trucks, something that was prohibited before due to noise regulations. Now residents can still sleep, drivers don’t have to stress as much and rush hour traffic can be relieved of some heavy vehicles. That’s a great win-win solution, isn’t it?

- Scania also manufactures and sells soot-free buses, which exude 99% less emissions (!) than older diesel buses. The city of Cartagena in Colombia, has a bus system based on Scania’s soot-free engines and they also provide service and maintenance, financing and driver training. The new bus system has tied the city together and replaced cars and resulted in lower particle- and CO2 emissions. The availability of affordable public transportation has also helped to people with all incomes to travel across the large city.

The Sustainable Development Goals are integrated and indivisible, which means that no goal can be isolated. Working towards one goal will impact others. So, by aiming to achieve SDG 11, other goals such as Reduced inequalities (SDG 10) and Climate action (SDG 13) are also affected.

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