TRANSPORTATION

Transportation causes significant environmental impacts – not least in the form of carbon dioxide emissions – but the development of improved vehicles, components and fuels is moving ahead quickly. Impacts can be moderated by everything from energy-optimized driving habits to hybrid engine technology and even ambitious proposals for far-reaching infrastructure upgrades.

Bio-based asphalt reduces climate impact

Nygatan in Stockholm became Sweden’s first asphalt-paved street in 1876. Since then, almost all of the capital’s streets have been asphalted, re-asphalted and repaired. Wear and tear like potholes cause numerous and costly problems. Now a Swedish innovation has made it possible to mitigate upkeep for longer lasting roads. The innovation is a bio-based asphalt that is also favorable...

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Taxi Stockholm reveals some secrets

There are many underground secrets in a city. More and more, historic halls, tunnels, and passageways, that were previously closed, are now open to the public. In 2014, Taxi Stockholm introduced the possibility of a silent and environmentally friendly way to visit a very large and secret hall underneath the island of Skeppsholmen. Underground taxi with electric cars Skeppsholmen...

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No risk to run out of gas on green highways

An electric motor is energy efficient and emissions free. If all of Sweden’s 4.5 million vehicles were electric, it would suffice with 600 wind turbines to supply them with fuel. Sounds like a perfect business concept, but despite that electric cars have been around since the car’s childhood but competition from gasoline and diesel has always been harsh. Practical...

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Winning environment pallets

Pallets are an important component of most transport of goods. There are probably every second millions of pallets that are on their way to a destination, or are placed in a rack in a warehouse somewhere in the world. Lots of pallets are certainly also piled outside a warehouse or a production building in anticipation of their future destiny....

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The sounds of silence

Have you ever wondered how difficult it is to find a truly quiet place? At home, household appliances are noisy. At work, computers and air conditioners hum, and coffee machines gurgle and much more. If you work in manufacturing, it is not unusual that the noise level is so high that you have to use hearing protection. In the...

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Swedish companies want to make their vehicle fleet fossil-free.

Internationally, Sweden has tough climate goals. By 2030, Sweden wants a fossil-free fleet of trucks. The transport industry is facing tough challenges that require quick solutions and trials to develop new ideas. Some examples include Vattenfall that is working with infrastructure and charging stations, and Electroengine that is working with battery technology where high capacity and durability are of...

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Alternative aviation fuels reduces carbon footprint

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set itself the goal to reduce the climate impact of the aviation industry by 50 percent by 2050, using 2005 as a base. To improve the fuel efficiency of aircraft is an important, but the objective also includes a clear commitment to renewable fuels. “The idea of bio-based jet fuels was around...

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Lighter brakes reduce material and fuel consumption

The Swedish company Haldex develops and manufactures products that enhance safety, environment and vehicle dynamics for vehicles. “In practice, we talk about brake systems for trucks, buses and trailers. The automotive industry is under intense pressure to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” says Per-Erik Kronqvist, global Research and Development Manager at Haldex. “The brakes we manufacture consist...

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Travelling without a carbon footprint

“It has become increasingly common for companies and other organizations to collect and provide data on their environmental impact, such as carbon dioxide emissions. This can be both time consuming, cumbersome, and it is not easy to motivate employees to this extraordinary task,” says Fabian Hagman, who is a co-founder of IT company Presis! Reporting expense accounts is not...

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Problems with unwelcome plants

Alien plant and animal species that spread to the ecosystems in which they were not previously existent can cause major problems. Some plants and animals find opportunities in their new environment and can expand quickly. The result may be that the existing ecosystem and biodiversity is disturbed or breaks down. Species that aggressively and permanently establish themselves in new...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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