Örebro Regional Development Council

Implementing the Local Action Plan, June 2015

The Örebro Regional Action Plan for Climate-Efficient Freight Transportation was adopted in October 2013. In order to implement the plan, the Örebro Regional Development Council carried out the Development of Greener Logistics Services project during 2013-2014.  The project was financed with funds from the European Regional Development Fund and regional development funds from the Örebro Regional Development Council and the Swedish Energy Agency.
 
The aim of the project was to strengthen incentives among transport companies to provide more climate-efficient freight transportation by encouraging purchasers of such services to develop their environmental requirements for the procurement of goods transportation services. 22 companies and 3 public organisations participated in the project. The project resulted in 60 per cent of the participants in the project developing services and products that have less impact on the environment. All the purchasers of transportation services also further developed their environmental standards for the procurement of goods transport.
 
An important prerequisite for the development of more climate-efficient transportation services is that the environmental requirements in contracts are monitored and that effective forms of monitoring are available. The problem is that there are currently no templates or procedures for doing this in a simple and cost-effective manner that produces change.
 
The Örebro region is optimally located for logistics-intensive businesses. Sweden's demographic center is located in the region, which has excellent opportunities for intermodal transport solutions and good infrastructure in terms of rail routes and European motorways that pass through the county.  The Örebro region's vision is to become a hub for trade and sustainable transport. Highlighting the region's favourable logistical location and working actively to promote climate-efficient freight transportation are vital factors in maintaining the region's expansion in the logistics sector.
 
As a continuation of the implementation of the Örebro Regional Action Plan for Climate-Efficient Freight Transportation, we have now started a new project, the Green Logistics Region, which will be carried out during 2015 and 2016. The aim of the project is to continue developing the Örebro region as a sustainable logistics region and to contribute to sustainable growth in the logistics industry.
 
The aim is also to create safer and more climate-efficient goods transportation, i.e. energy-efficient transportation with lower greenhouse gas emissions. The project will also showcase the Örebro region as a sustainable logistics region in Sweden and the Nordic countries.
 
The project aims to achieve the following goals:
•         Increased knowledge of methods for monitoring environmental quality requirements relating to the procurement of goods transport.
•         Development of templates for the monitoring of climate efficiency requirements in the procurement of goods transport and transport services.
•         Identification of indicators for a sustainable logistics region.
•         Highlighting of the Örebro region's favourable location for logistics-dependent businesses.