The 30-meter-long pilot truck has traveled more than 1.35 million kilometers between SCA’s sites in Munksund, in far northern Sweden, and the company’s timber terminal in Överkalix 170 kilometers away. The truck has been in service for a little over five years and carries four stacks of timber instead of the traditional three, giving the vehicle a gross weight of 90 tons. So far, it has saved 140,000 liters of diesel and 690,000 kilometers compared with transportation using conventional 60-ton trucks.
Reduces carbon dioxide emissions
“It’s an environmental project,” says Niklas Fogdestam, project manager of the project at Skogforsk. “It’s all about reducing carbon dioxide emissions. By default, it’s also a matter of costs, since it’s cheaper to use less fuel and fewer vehicles. For me personally, it feels great to reduce the carbon footprint in such a concrete and tangible way.”
20 percent less environmental impact
Thomas Hedlund, logistics manager at SCA, says the move is part of SCA’s ambition to reduce its environmental impact by 20 percent before 2020. “Another positive effect can be seen in less intensity in traffic,” Hedlund adds. “The risk of accidents is reduced with fewer vehicles on the road, and the need for fewer vehicles reduces the costs.”
More effective trucks are crucial for the Swedish forest industry. Trains are already used for 49 percent of SCA’s timber transports, but Sweden’s forests don’t have enough railroad tracks to raise that number to 100 percent.