Göteborg, Sweden – The Volvo Group is initiating cooperation with the Swedish government’s logistics forum and authorities to realize the European Union Commission’s concept of “green corridors” for environmentally sound transportation of goods. The goal is to reduce the impact on the environment while increasing highway safety and efficiency through special adapted transport stretches for heavy traffic.
The EU Commission estimates that transport of goods in Europe will have increased by 50 per cent between 2000 and 2020.
“Increased investments are required in railways and seaborne traffic, but it will not be sufficient, neither from an efficiency nor an environmental perspective,” said Volvo CEO Leif Johansson. “At the same time, we must provide for more efficient and more environmentally sound road transports and, among other aspects, this is one of the goals of the green corridors.”
Along with the DB Schenker transport company, the Volvo Group is initiating cooperation with VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) and the Swedish Road Administration. The goal is to jointly start a project in January 2009 regarding a more efficient handling of goods on Swedish highways. The project includes the development of new technologies and new approaches to applying existing technology.
The companies plan a series of realistic tests, on stretches of highways approved in advanced by the authorities, including one of a Duo-trailer. This longer vehicle, with greater load capacity, results in fewer trucks in the green transport corridors, which in turn means fewer crashes and reduced environmental effects. The project will test new IT systems in the vehicles that help the driver to drive more fuel efficiently, and communicate with the vehicle and the road system, increasing road safety.
Other conceivable projects within the cooperation include simplification of reloading and transfer of goods between different transport modes, and distribution and use of alternative and renewable fuels via the goods terminals in the green transport corridors.