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How can long-distance transport become more efficient?


In order to maximize the efficiency of long-distance transport, it is important to exploit the advantages of each mode of transport. We strive to create a cost-effective, accessible and punctual transport system by optimizing the transfer between different types of traffic.

This must be done together with you. Long-haul transport, including terminal and port handling, is perhaps the most complex in the entire supply chain. There are lots of different actors who must interact in a large but reasonably crowded ecosystem with fierce competition. Traditionally, much work and communication has taken place in silos.

To change the long-distance logistics system in the direction of Agenda 2030's sustainability goals, we need to work together. Everyone needs to be involved across all types of traffic and all parts of the logistics chain.

CLOSER functions as a neutral platform where different actors can collaborate to discuss and implement projects in long-distance transport. Our goal is to strengthen a sustainable supply of transport both to and from and within Sweden's borders.

In order to succeed in this, we need to know what you are driven by and what role you see yourself playing in order to be relevant in the major transition that Sweden, Europe and the world are facing. What are the incentives for your organization? What do you need help with? Commitment from all parts of society is needed to achieve the right balance of the various aspects of sustainability - economy, environment and social. Specifically, we are looking for someone who is open to new ideas and wants to be at the forefront of the transition towards a sustainable future.

In long-haul and intermodal transportation, CLOSER engages in several initiatives to promote innovation and collaboration, with the goal of creating a competitive and reliable transportation system.

"Vi ser stora fördelar med en neutral plattform, som CLOSER, där olika aktörer kan träffas för att diskutera projektförslag, skapa projektgrupper, dela upp arbetet så att arbetet så att alla går framåt mot i stort sett samma mål, konsolidera och sprida projektresultat."

Lena Larsson, Volvo Group

What is CLOSER doing in terms of each mode of transport?

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Accelerate the electrification of forestry transport

Forestry transport accounts for a significant part of our emissions and is a challenging area to electrify. The aim of the Accelerate the Electrification of Forestry Transport project is to contribute...

Fuel surcharge for electrified heavy-duty truck transports

In the project, four new types of transport series (for each of four geographical electricity areas) using electricity as fuel for heavy transportation, as well as a method for indexing these forward...

HCT Duo Demo

The HCT Duo Demo project tests the use of longer vehicle combinations for transportation between Hallsberg and Örebro. The aim is to investigate the effects of utilizing these longer vehicle...
Elektriska lastbilar och Intermodalitet

Electric trucks and Intermodality

Preparing for large-scale implementation and operation of electric trucks within connected transports in intermodal logistics chains.
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The forest products industry faces the challenge of reducing carbon emissions without losing competitiveness. More energy-efficient road transport, featuring heavier and longer vehicles, is part of...
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Get Greener

Get Greener is a project that builds on the results delivered within the two previous EU projects GreCOR and SWIFTLY Green. The Swedish Transport Administration, which is financing Get Greener, sees...
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Local Energysystems for Electrified Logistic Applications (LEELA)

The project aims to contribute to increasing understanding of how the energy supply for electric heavy vehicles can be secured at various logistics units as the introduction of these vehicles...

Triple Helix Freight Venture - Preliminary study

Can a coordinated investment in research and innovation (R&I) in the freight area be effective in contributing to a more cohesive freight transport system? To answer that question, a new feasibility...
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Multimodal information sharing

Over the spring and summer of 2018, the Multimodal Information Sharing Cooperation Project (MMID in Swedish) took the first steps toward creating conditions for a standardized information-sharing...

Long-distance Road Transport

Together with our partners, we work with long-distance transport by road, primarily by investigating the possibility of introducing longer and heavier trucks on parts of the Swedish road network. CLOSER operates High Capacity Transport (HCT), a program financed by the Swedish Transport Administration. The main reason why the program is based at CLOSER is that it is absolutely crucial to have a neutral actor as a hub to unite the public sector, academia and private actors who are in some cases direct competitors.


What do you need to know about High Capacity Transport?

Elektriska lastbilar och Intermodalitet

Electric trucks and Intermodality

Preparing for large-scale implementation and operation of electric trucks within connected...
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High Capacity Transport (HCT)

An increased use of HCT vehicles would increase energy efficiency and thereby reduce CO2 emissions...


Together we electrify Sweden's truck transports!

HCT Duo Demo

The HCT Duo Demo project tests the use of longer vehicle combinations for transportation between...

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Kristoffer Skjutare

Kristoffer Skjutare

Programme Manager - Programe development & steering
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Thomas Asp

High Capacity Transport (HCT)
HCT - High CapacityTransport
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How do we create logistics in the city on people's terms?

More and more people are moving to our cities, which places demands on an efficient and sustainable supply in the form of packages, food, building materials and efficient return and waste management. Together with our partners, CLOSER works to accelerate the development of, and the transition to, a sustainable and habitable city on people's terms.
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How does digitalisation affect logistics?

CLOSER works within the focus area of Digitalised Logistics to ensure that the industry takes advantage of the opportunities offered by data-driven logistics and digital innovation. Knowledge and experiences between players and the logistics system are shared through dialogue and collaboration. Your organisation's needs are addressed and can be translated into projects and solutions that lead to a sustainable and digitalised system and society in accordance with Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.
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What does CLOSER do in energy-efficient & fossil-free freight transport?

CLOSER works together with our partners to speed up the development of and conversion to energy-efficient and fossil-free freight transport. We do this by running projects together with you in business, academia, city or region.