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New project manager with focus on urban mobility

Since January 7, Anders Forsberg has been a new project manager at CLOSER, where he will initially work with urban mobility and DenCity. Anders gives us some insight into his thoughts about which challenges we face in phasing out the fossil energy supply and what we will contribute at CLOSER.

Anders has come to CLOSER after two years as a project manager in a project at KTH with a focus on transport efficiency and collaboration across sectors. Anders has extensive prior experience from various roles within the government offices, as well as IT and telecommunications in the private sector with sales and marketing on both a national and international level. Anders is also a journalist and likes to play with words and images.

What will you work with at CLOSER?
"I will continue to be a project manager and coordinate the DenCity project, which is now in the third phase with demonstrators and a focus on implementation, which makes the work packages (sub-projects) much more exciting. There are 27 participating partners from industry, society and academics, where there is broad collaboration to solve concrete challenges that no single party can solve on their own."

"Another interesting project involves promoting a national competition called innovation challenge with the ambition of engaging interested parties within e-commerce and freight transport to combine forces across sectors in order to create environmental and commercial benefits. The purpose of the competition is to attract innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new solutions that reduce CO2 emissions in the logistics chain by means of open innovation, but also to contribute to creating more attractive cities and increased accessibility in the dense city."

What is your background?
"I come most recently from KTH, where I worked in a project focussed on developing and managing projects for logistics as a service - called Logistics as a Service (LaaS), as well as a project for connected and autonomous vehicles in the dense and growing city. A common thread at KTH, and now at closer, was the need for new business models, not lastly when it comes to sharing transport data, is one of several success factors where collaboration is a requirement for gradually increasing accessibility and reducing the environmental impact in urban environments."

What major challenges do you see in the future?
"The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was the breakthrough for all levels of society to increase focus on reducing greenhouse gases, not lastly within the transport sector, which has a major CO2 imprint. The challenge of converting from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives is monumental not only for the transport sector. I have been committed to these matters for a long time. I purchased my first green vehicle (biogas) in 1999 and I like to be a test pilot for tomorrow's solutions within transport and energy. Life has taught me that "learn by doing" works - and it is good to test on a small scale before scaling up and going "all in"."