Scania has joined key industry players in a project designed to speed up the transition to fossil-free fuels.

The truck manufacturer will work with Volvo, Stena Line and the Port of Gothenburg on the ‘Tranzero Initiative’.

The collaboration wants to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 around Gothenburg Port, which is the largest in Scandinavia. The industry partners, as part of a side project, will also investigate the electrification of ships and boats.

There are one million truck movements within the port every year, which sees 55,000 tonnes of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. Transport is a difficult, complex business, so it means quite a challenge lies ahead.

The Tranzero Initiative will see interlinked measures introduced, the aim being to accelerate the switch to fossil-free fuels. The process is already underway, after a needs analysis took place and freight flows were  mapped.

Gothenburg Port Authority will produce the necessary infrastructure and access to fossil-free fuels for heavy vehicles. 

For their part, Scania and Volvo will put commercial offerings in place for their heavy truck customers. This move ensures that land transport becomes fossil free in accordance with the goals laid down by the port. 

Stena Line will also have a key role by ensuring new fossil-free vessels are brought into service on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route by 2030.

“No single organisation or individual hold the key to the challenges ahead,” said Elvir Dzanic, Gothenburg Port Authority’s chief executive.

“Collaboration is crucial and we are pleased to bring on board two of the world’s largest truck manufacturers and the world’s largest ferry company,” he added. “With our collective expertise, breadth, and market presence we can make a real difference.”