On the way to cleaner freight traffic: Sweco is putting its back into climate research

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On the way to cleaner freight traffic: Sweco is putting its back into climate research

15 December 2017
Recently, the study ‘2030 Goods Transport Roadmap’ was commissioned by the Flemish government, Mobility and Public Works department. Sweco is carrying out this assignment together with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (MOBI) and the VIL.

The study will serve as a scientifically substantiated basis for the political and social debate on measures for the transport of goods with regard to climate and air pollution. Freight traffic accounts for some 22% of the total Flemish greenhouse gas emissions!

With the 2015 Paris climate agreement, specific commitments were entered into for the reduction of greenhouse gases. The level of ambition is high and the route to lower emissions is not yet clear, not even for goods transport. That is why, in this study, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (MOBI), Sweco and VIL are looking into which measures are the most promising for reducing both greenhouse gases and air emissions.

From kilometre charges, the use of local sharing economy, multimodality and alternative fuels to the construction of motorways for electric lorries; the study examines the fullest possible range of potential measures. The challenge of the project consists of mapping out the technical, economic and social aspects of future policy. The effectiveness of various measures is being thoroughly and scientifically investigated and stakeholders are also being questioned about the feasibility or desirability of different measures.

The aim is to come up with a roadmap: a step-by-step plan that indicates the most cost-efficient, logical and feasible way to achieve the climate ambitions in time. This will become the basis for the political and social debate on measures for the transport of goods with regard to climate and air pollution. This roadmap should be ready by the summer of 2018. Using this study, Sweco is contributing to the preparation of the Flemish climate and mobility policy.