All diesel-driven FLTs, loaders, cranes and tractors at the operations in Umeå and Sundsvall will switch from conventional to synthetic diesel, together with transports between the industrial operations in Sundsvall and Tunadal Harbour.
SCA has entered into a two-year agreement with FramTidsbränslen AB, under which the company will purchase around 3.3M litres of synthetic diesel known as “Paradiesel,” making it one of Europe’s largest users of synthetic diesel.
“This agreement is very important, not only for our company but also for Sweden as a whole, which will now strengthen its position as the leading market for synthetic diesel,” said FramTidsbränslen’s president Bengt Aldén.
“Strong players and a market that demands synthetic diesel are important to efforts to hasten the development of synthetic diesel from renewable raw materials.”
SCA makes around 40,000 truck trips/year in the Sundsvall region between its facilities in Ortviken and Östrand and the harbor at Tunadal. By switching to synthetic fuel, the company claims, its CO2 emissions will be cut by 10%, or by more than 400 tpa, while emissions of carcinogens will be cut by around 34%.
“By switching fuel, we naturally aim to reduce our environmental load, as well as our emissions from the terminals and along roads, thus benefiting employees and local residents alike,” said Magnus Svensson, president of SCA Transforest.
“The switch may also be viewed as a step towards achieving our goal of reducing our CO2 emissions, in accordance with SCA’s overall environmental objectives.
“Customers and users of SCA’s products are also increasingly demanding that our products not only arrive in an undamaged condition and at the right time but that they are also free from dust and other particles. This applies primarily to products for various food, hygiene-products and medical companies.”