• Reduced congestion • Increased traffic safety • Reduced emissions, and less energy consumption from distribution of goods
- Transports of goods within cities contribute to a substantial part of the total emissions generated from the transport sector, as well as congestion. Up to 20% of traffic, 30% of street occupation and 50% of greenhouse-gas emissions are generated by freight. Yet freight and distribution schemes are often structured in traditional ways. These systems lead to sub-optimisation of freight transports, with low load factors and an unjustified amount of tonne-kilometres generated by the vehicles used. The need for more efficient solutions that leads to less transport kilometres and a more sustainable economic model is obvious.
- A electric powered vehicle, able to tow up to three trailers, was put into service in 2014. The cost for the vehicle was integrated in the total operations cost, the Municipality co-financed. The project started with small scale operations managed by a security company in a small facility in the actual inner city area, and then in 2014 the logistics operator Paketlogistik took over the responsibility as operator. The current operations are financed and economically sustained by three main stakeholders: two major transport companies and the municipality. Furthermore, the advertising revenues contribute to the sustainability of the operations.

Resources needed

• Common goods, city centre reception, for shops and businesses
• Reception check and consolidation of goods
• Delivery to shops on a time schedule
• Pick up of outward goods
• Trained personnel for reception/registration and the deliveries
• Short-time storage and split shipments

Evidence of success

The air pollution in the centre of Gothenburg has decreased by 68 tonnes of carbon dioxide after only a year since “Stadsleveransen” began.
With relatively small and slow-moving electric vehicles and bicycles around 500 packages per day are distributed from a terminal to shops and offices around the inner city. In addition to environmental benefits, “Stadsleveransen” has become an economically viable sustainable business. “
- 20% less transport movements
- 800 packages delivered every day

Difficulties encountered

The initiative helps achieving contribution to the sustainability, competitiveness and estate value of the city centre, which public bodies and real estate association are willing to provide financial support in exchange thereof.

Potential for learning or transfer

As this practice was subject to EU funding through Smartset, (Efficient UrbanFreight Transport, Cofunded by the Intelligent Energy Europe) it has already been transferred to partners within Smartset. By introducing the good practice in the SMART-MR project further interest and transfer can be achieved.
The projects chief benefit is that the goals and objectives are easely understood and transfered to the agenda of other cities and towns. Combining drivers of different stakeholders resulted in shared benefits for all. This market driven business model has proved successful and especially when the process focused on different but even levels of discussions between stakholders.

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Main institution
Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities
Västsverige, Sweden (Sverige)
Start Date
January 2013
End Date


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