The environment wins when the freight goes by train

Sustainability is now a decisive factor when companies choose logistics services. This means that the demand for efficient train solutions is growing rapidly. In the west of Sweden, we present a successful example.

Sustainability is an increasingly important factor when companies choose logistics provider. Requirements to shift to fossil free solutions come from within our company, as well as from customers and partners. It has the potential to greatly affect emissions from Swedish transport.

About 1.5 million tonnes of goods are shipped within Sweden every day. On routes under 30 kilometers, road traffic is the most common freight route. If the distance is longer, both rail and shipping are considerably more common and counted in freight tonnes per kilometer, sea freight has in recent years been about road traffic.

Air cargo is not close to the same volumes but plays an important function, since high-value goods, such as electronics and medicine, are often transported by domestic flights.

As the requirements for sustainable solutions increase, great efforts are made to reduce emissions for all transport. Choice of fuel is, of course, a very important factor.

Road traffic is still dominated by diesel trucks and although developments are steadily progressing for electricity, biogas and hybrid vehicles, we still have a long way to go before all trucks in Swedish are fossil-free.

New rules should reduce emissions

The shipping industry is also undergoing intensive work to improve the quality of fuel. The United Nations Maritime Organization IMO has launched a special project to reduce the proportion of sulfur in the fuel, IMO2020. From 2020, a limit of 0.5 percent applies to sulfur, today levels are often at 3.5 percent.

The fact that flying is difficult to choose from a sustainability perspective is not news, just as the train is often the best choice.

This has become particularly evident in the west of Sweden, where Skaraborg Eco Shuttle transport goods from the port of Gothenburg to the region Falköping.

– Freight by train from the port of Gothenburg to Falköping reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 97 percent compared to if the transport has gone by truck, the last three percent of the climate we also compensate, says Joakim Eriksson, Vertical Market Manager, at DB Schenker.

In Falköping, the goods are reloaded into trucks for transport throughout the Skaraborg region. The goods travel in both directions. Swedish goods reach the world via the Port of Gothenburg.

Demand for daily departures between Gothenburg and Falköping has increased every year since it was introduced in 2013. More and more people are discovering the benefits of a train transport over the 12 miles, where not only emissions are reduced, but also waiting times, depot fees and storage costs.

– Many domestic transports that go to Gothenburg by truck could instead go to Falköping where it can be loaded onto the train. It would reduce emissions but also save time and money. We are happy to participate in and drive this development, which is why we are expanding our capacity” says Joakim Eriksson.

Skaraborg Eco Shuttle

  • Handle load carriers: 20 feet, 30 feet, 40 feet containers
  • Max weight: 30 tonnes / container
  • 86 TEU's / day in both directions
  • Emission produced by truck transporting goods from / to Falköping are climate compensated

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