Project: Sustainable inland shipping

Transitioning to a sustainable transport system requires innovation in the form of new vehicles, vessels, fuels and service configurations. It is equally important that there is demand for such innovations. The project "Sustainable inland shipping – public procurement as a catalyst" combines the analysis of product and service development on the supply side with the opportunities for public procurement to increase the demand for innovative solutions for local and regional freight transport.

The project is financed by the Swedish Transport Administration and is carried out in collaboration with different actors.

The project is ongoing until March 2021.


The overall goal of the project is to contribute to an improved state of knowledge regarding how to reach the Swedish goals for transport, environment and climate, as well as the global sustainable development goals defined by Agenda 2030.

The results of the project are to be of use in;

  • increasing public authorities' awareness of opportunities and barriers associated with the use of barge vessels for freight transport and potential suppliers of inland waterway freight services
  • identifying the most important barriers to using sustainable barge transport (in order to reach the goals mentioned above) and provide suggestions regarding how these can be overcome
  • creating a framework that can be used in developing the guidelines for public procurement of sustainable freight transport

Interim project goals are;

  • building a base of knowledge regarding how barge transport services are used in other European countries, and analyze how solutions from abroad could be applied in Sweden
  • estimating how an increased use of barge transport could contribute to reducing the freight transport sector's emission of greenhouse gases and air pollutants
  • providing broad estimates of how an increased use of barge transport could contribute to reducing congestion, accidents and noise caused by freight transport
  • providing broad estimates of the costs that would arise for public and private actors as a consequence of an increased use of barge transport.

Organization and co-operation

The project is a co-operation between research institutes, business actors, academia and the public sector.

The demand side (City of Stockholm), the supply side (Avatar Logistics AB) and research (KTH and VTI) are represented in the project.

The project is led by VTI with Inge Vierth as project leader. Members of the project group are Karl Garme (KTH), Amanda Baumgartner (City of Stockholm), Johan Lantz (Avatar Logistics AB), Axel Merkel (VTI), Henrik Sjöstrand (VTI) and Per Erik Österlund (City of Stockholm).
The reference group that will be tied to the project consists of stakeholders within public administration, the business sector and academia.

More information

Stockholm Freight Plan (City of Stockholm)external link


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