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Shell, KPD and Scania drive shift in reducing CO2 emissions with 100% biodiesel

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Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. launched a pilot test Nov. 30 of the first pair of Scania road tankers, operated by Konsortium Port Dickson Sdn. Bhd., which will run on 100 percent biodiesel (B100).

The launch was held at Stesen Minyak Alisha, Shah Alam, Selangor.

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Supported by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Shell Malaysia is collaborating with Scania and Konsortium Port Dickson to pilot test the road tankers in an effort to lower carbon emissions.

“Long-term decarbonization of transportation depends on electrification,” said Heba Eltarifi, the managing director of Scania Southeast Asia. “Alternatively, switching to renewable fuels from fossil fuels can drastically lower carbon emissions in vehicles with internal-combustion engines to help companies achieve environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. All Scania diesel vehicles that are sold in Malaysia are FAME-prepared to operate on any blend of biodiesel, ranging from B10 to B100.”

Scania said it is the first to make it a standard since 2019 for all its vehicles to be prepared to operate on fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), up to B100.

The purpose is to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system as part of the Science Based Targets initiative.

With over 25 years of development, Scania offers the broadest range of engines available on the market that are suitable for running on both renewable and fossil fuels to help achieve carbon reduction, as set in SBTi, and B100 is one of them.

“The pilot test represents a major advancement in Shell Malaysia’s history as we introduce two KPD Scania road tankers, each with a capacity of carrying 35,000 liters and 47,000 liters of fuel, powered solely by B100 biodiesel,” said Shairan Huzani Husain, the managing director of Shell Malaysia Trading. “We see its potential scalability in contributing towards achieving our net-zero ambition targets in Malaysia.”

Richard Tee Chu Wong, the managing director of KPD, added, “Reducing emissions across our whole value chain, notably from our vehicles, is essential to managing Konsortium Port Dickson’s climate impact and risk mitigation as a leading bulk-petroleum carrier. With our Scania trucks, we can define the areas that need to be prioritized in order to reach our carbon-reduction goals.”

Founded in 2001, KPD is one of the key players in delivering oil and gas products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, base oil, lubricant oil, industrial gas, oleochemicals and palm oil mill effluent (POME), a feedstock for biodiesel production, for Shell Malaysia using Scania trucks.

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