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.

Anti-skidding with volcanic materials

The use of road salt and other chemicals for de-icing in winter is extensive. In Canada, five million tons are used per year; in the United States 15 million tons and in Sweden, 0.25 million tons are used annually. “Road salt to melt snow and ice causes a number of problems,” says Oscar Lyttbacka, President of Eco Concept Earth. “Groundwater...

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A biogas revolution in the transport sector

In December 2014, Helsingborg opened a cold gas filling station for liquefied biogas (LBG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to serve heavy trucks. These renewable gases are starting to compete with more traditional diesel fuel. A revolution has begun. Environmentally conscious shippers, trucking companies, truck manufacturers, and other companies are spearheading the development and distribution of liquid biogas. In...

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Internet of Things – an environmental management tool

“We have developed a system where 500 fuel gauges automatically send liquid level information to the cloud where it is retrieved by traffic planning for distribution by several hundred trucks in Sweden,” says Jens Johansson, project manager at Top Fuel. “A chemical and oil supplier that supplies the pulp industry with products can save 25-40 percent of the distribution...

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Europe’s first filling station for bio-jet fuel.

“The key to reducing the environmental impact of aviation is not to focus on carbon emission offsets but is instead to develop commercially viable biofuels,” says Peter Landmark, President of Karlstad Airport. “It is now entirely possible to eco-fly. In June 2014, we opened Europe’s first airport-based biofuel filling station and flew our first scheduled flight. By 2015, all...

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Corrugated packaging with an environmental profile

Corrugated cardboard is the most common material for transport packaging worldwide. Corrugated materials have good qualities, but can also create problems when moisture or purity requirements come into play. Wellplast AB, a company in Munka Ljungby (in Skåne, Sweden) has developed an eco-friendly packaging system that eliminates these problems of moisture and lack of cleanliness. The company recently won...

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


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