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New Chairman of Digitized & Connected Logistics appointed
7 May 2020
Anna Pernestål has been elected new chairman of the focus area Digitized & Connected Logistics. In addition to her new role at CLOSER, Anna works as director of KTH's research center Integrated Transport Research Lab.
Innovation competition for sustainable e-commerce
29 April 2020
FFF Challenge 2020
With innovation and a high level of ambition, we can change Sweden's e-commerce. "This is an innovation competition with five good ideas that will all be able to contribute to a more sustainable e-commerce system," says Patrik Klintbom, chairman of the jury panel for Fossil Free Freight Challenge.
Maria Oscott guest star in podcast about logistics
2 April 2020
Maria Oscott, Program Manager for Triple F, was in the premiere episode of the logistics podcast Logistik överallt she talked about efficient city logistics and attractive cities.
Shared infrastructure leads to an effective and sustainable transport system
2 April 2020
There is a great deal of interest and engagement from industry, politicians and public authorities in converting to a more efficient and sustainable transport system. An efficient and sustainable transport system for long-distance freight transport is based on smart utilisation of our shared infrastructure and effective utilisation of the available capacity in vehicles and vessels.
Safe and secure deliveries direct to your door
2 April 2020
As the corona outbreak progresses, increasingly more people are choosing to order food and pharmaceutical products online, which has entailed a substantial increase in e-commerce. "People are staying at home and avoiding social interaction. With new delivery solutions, residents in a building receive their goods delivered directly to their home without meeting a single person or visiting a service point," says Roland Elander of Sustainable Innovation.
Utilising the waterways to reduce car dependence
30 March 2020
Today, we use many services that reduce our daily dependence on cars, such as home deliveries of food, clothing and pharmaceutical products. But there are still occasions when the obvious choice is to use the car. How do we make a necessary visit to the tip without a car for example? And what impact does this reduced car dependence have on the city's residents and the environment?
Project manager at CLOSER goes on to get a PhD
27 March 2020
After four years at CLOSER, project manager Hannes Lindkvist temporarily ends his journey on the program. He started in the fall of 2016 as an intern and has since led many exciting projects in geofencing, terminals and automation. Hw will now study for his PhD at Chalmers, and we managed to get a chat with him before he left.
HITS challenges the logistics system with innovation
27 March 2020
HITS is a new research and innovation project that is managed by CLOSER together with Scania. The project will develop sustainable transport solutions for an attractive and safe city.
Continue to collaborate for future opportunities
26 March 2020
Never has collaboration been as important as it is now. Various measures are currently being taken to support the Swedish economy and mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. Within the innovation system, we can contribute by continuing to look ahead. "We need to find and establish new ways and forms to quickly get the pace up once the situation has stabilized," says Tord Hermansson, CEO of Lindholmen Science Park.
The collaboration will promote development, which is important for both the city and business
20 March 2020
The ambition for sustainable urban development is growing rapidly, which puts palpable demands on both new solutions and new partners. “As the city’s energy company, we must interact and work in unison with large scale operators from the business community. Together, we represent a strong force for influence and change,” says Henrik Forsgren, Senior Project Manager at the R&D department at Göteborg Energi.
Companies that are competing with solutions to mitigate the fossil footprint of e-commerce
12 March 2020
FFF Challenge 2020
Five impressive entries will be competing to find solutions in the e-commerce industry that contribute to mitigating its fossil footprint in the spring of 2020. The Jury, which consists of organisations from academia, society and the business community includes, among others, H&M, which recognises the importance of innovation in achieving ambitious environmental goals.
“An indispensable collaboration platform”
11 March 2020
“CLOSER has been the key to a number of partnerships that would otherwise not have been possible!” The words of Per Wenner, outgoing Director of Accessibility at the Swedish Transport Administration and Board Member of CLOSER since its inception, when describing the programme, his participation, and how the programme came to fruition.
Senior adviser to CLOSER
9 March 2020
Claes Tullin has been working at Lindholmen Science Park since October as a senior advisor on energy issues. He will also work within CLOSER where he takes over responsibility for RESCOPE.
Four new partners in CLOSER
5 March 2020
During CLOSER's board meeting in February, four new partners were approved for CLOSER's partnership. The new partner organizations are Cargospace24, Movebybike, TRB and Vehco.
The FR8RAIL III EU project is now underway
20 February 2020
FR8RAIL III is an innovation project within Shift2Rail, designed to further develop railway technologies in order to achieve the objectives highlighted in Shift2Rail’s strategic plan.
Recycling centre on the river to continue in Gothenburg
20 January 2020
The floating recycling centre, which has been operating on the Göta älv river, will remain afloat for an extended period. This was confirmed following the conclusion of the City of Gothenburg budget for 2020. “There is a lot of interest being shown from both the general public and politicians that we maintain a good waste management system that is fit for purpose,” says Marianne Erlandsson, Director of Administration at the Recycling and Water Department, City of Gothenburg.
Speeders in Stockholm to be stopped with geofencing
10 January 2020
In NyTeknik you can read about how the city of Stockholm will be making it impossible to speed with the municipality’s own fleet of vehicles within two years. Daniel Helldén, Traffic Commissioner for the Swedish Green Party, wants all vehicles in the inner city to eventually be forced to be subject to geofencing technology, a programme run jointly by CLOSER and the Swedish Transport Administration.
Important finding relevant data and the willingness to share it!
17 December 2019
The third MIMIC consortium meeting was held 3-4th of December at Omsorgsbygg headquarter in Oslo. Participants from all four countries were present and discussed the status and next steps forward for each work package and pilot project. The meeting also included workshops, presentations and a visit to Olav Vs gate/Klingenberggata, a zero-emissions development site in the city center of Oslo.
A system service that can instill faith within the logistics sector
17 December 2019
Logistics operators face challenges in securing and improving efficiency in the logistics chain. A lack of transparency and reliability are two factors that give rise to questions relating to where the load is and how it is handled during transport, as well as whether the load will arrive on time and in the right condition. This has created a need for better collaboration between operators in the logistics sector. The goal of this is to achieve complete faith in the entire chain.
New Service Provider for Lindholmen Deliveries
4 December 2019
Renova Miljö AB is the new service provider for Lindholmen deliveries. It is a service for combined shipping of goods, recycling and waste for the purpose of reducing heavy transport in the urban environment. 'We have worked hard in the procurement process in order to guarantee that the service will continue to develop over the term of the agreement,' says Louise Larsson, project manager at Älvstranden Utveckling.
Volvo Cars new partner in CLOSER
3 December 2019
Volvo Cars is a company with a purpose; we want to provide mobility that gives freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. The roots are in Scandinavia, but today's operations are global with manufacturing, research and design development in Europe, Asia and America.
80 Days with My Electric Truck
29 November 2019
Listen to what one of the drivers thinks about the electric lorry that he drives in the DenCity project.
New Project Manager with a Focus on Social and Mobility Issues
28 November 2019
Rodrigue Al Fahel works within CLOSER and coordinates the research and innovation programme Geofencing, a national initiative that should function as a facilitator and centre of knowledge for parties within the community and commercial sector with respect to Geofencing.
StationCDM facilitates collaboration between parties within rail transport.
28 November 2019
The purpose of StationCDM is to create a railway-modified version of CDM (Collaborative Decision Making). By using time stamps in real-time, StationCDM contributes to an effective communications structure between partners and the time stamps prevent decision-making based on incorrect information.
Join in and Convert to a Fossil-free Cargo Transport System
25 November 2019
Fossil Free Freight Challenge
Fossil Free Freight Challenge 2020 is an innovation competition with the purpose of challenging different organisations within the e-commerce sector to create a solution that leaves the minimum possible fossil footprint. Interested? Apply now!
Region Skåne new partner in CLOSER
19 November 2019
Region Skåne is responsible for health care, public transport and sustainable development throughout Skåne. Region Skåne is working to bring the regional perspective into physical planning, in order to strengthen long-term sustainable growth and development.
Volvo Trucks launches sales of electric trucks for urban transport
11 November 2019
Sales of Volvo's fully electric trucks for urban transport have now begun, which have been developed and tested within the framework of the DenCity project together with DB Schenker, Coop Sweden, Gothenburg City, Gothenburg Energy, TGM and Renova.
The importance of consolidation efforts in dense cities
8 November 2019
The future sees us moving towards dense cities with more deliveries and more people. It is therefore hugely important to form collaborations that consolidate the transport of freight and people. We need to work more closely with our neighbours within our own city, region and country, as well as within the Nordics.
Trivector, new partner in CLOSER
5 November 2019
Trivector is a consulting and development company that works for sustainable urban development and sustainable freight and passenger transport.
Sesam Enables Delivery to your Car, Your Storage Unit or even to Your Refrigerator
15 October 2019
The freight transport work in Sweden is expected to increase, resulting in more deliveries to end consumers. At the same time, sellers of goods and customers both want smooth transport solutions. As a result, Sesam II has focussed on contributing to a more effective supply chain and improved service level with more logistics arrangements adapted to the customer.
Competitiveness of Freight Traffic by Rail Strengthened in 2020
9 October 2019
Intelligent and digitalised carriages and rail yards will already be put into operation on a smaller scale next year. The new intelligent freight train traffic will thus elevate its competitiveness and can be a decisive factor for achieving climate goals. This is the result of the EU project FR8HUB, which was presented at the transport conference Nordic Rail in October.
Recycling Barge Popular among Gothenburg Residents
4 October 2019
There is great interest now that the recycling barge is available in the central parts of Gothenburg along the river. Over the last weekend of September the barge was visited by more than 600 people at the station near Eriksbergstorget alone, and it also stops at Sannegårdshamnen, Stigbergskajen, Rosenlund and Stenpiren.
Josephine Darlington is CLOSER's latest addition
2 October 2019
"A new and exciting chapter in my life began on 1/9. I was given the opportunity to become a part of Lindholmen Science Park, which promotes many of the issues about which I am passionate and where I now have the opportunity to influence the outcome."
New Project Manager with Focus on EU Project
1 October 2019
Anna Björkman became the new project manager at CLOSER on September 1. Her work areas are primarily within EU projects focussed on railway, terminals and connected and digitalised logistics.
A Collective Responsibility to Switch to Fossil-Free Cargo Transport
18 September 2019
The Swedish Parliament has decided that carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector in Sweden should be decreased by 70 per cent from the 2010 figure by 2030. Against this background, shipment purchasers were invited to listen to what IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Triple F, Volvo, Scania, DHL, Gasum and Fordons Gas believe is the way going forward and learn about their approach to how we can switch to fossil-free cargo transport on roads.
The Industry is Ready to Run HCT
18 September 2019
There are countless initiatives to increase societal sustainability and there are numerous solutions within the transport sector that are ready to be put into operation. High Capacity Transports (HCT) is an area that is basically ready to roll out. But it is quite there just yet. But what is necessary and what potential does HCT offer?
Innovations, Nudging and Keys to Greater Transport Efficiency
12 September 2019
During TREFF, the Transport Efficiency Day, it was clear that the transport sector has come a long way with sustainable innovations. But what is needed for innovations and more sustainable alternatives to become reality and to be scaled up? This is something with which Ulf Ceder, Scania and Katharina Paoli of A Win Win World have experienced.
Sensors make the railway more reliable
21 August 2019
Unnecessary stoppages must be eliminated and the number of interruptions reduced. A holistic approach to Europe's railway logistics has been taken to increase attractiveness, where connected freight carriages and locomotives are part of the solution. 'With sensors installed on trains, information about wear and operational problems can be collected effectively so that expensive emergency measures can be avoided,' says Jan Bergstrand of the Swedish Transport Administration.
How longer and heavier vehicles will contribute to a better environment and more efficient transport system
18 June 2019
Longer and heavier vehicles on parts of the road network – how goods transport is made more efficient is an important part of the solution 'CO2 emissions from heavy road traffic must be reduced,' says Thomas Asp, head of the High Capacity Transport area within CLOSER. We have already avoided thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions with our projects.
Smart cameras will improve railway efficiency
13 June 2019
Work with identification and registration of rail cars with freight often takes place manually at the terminals, which is both expensive and very time-consuming. A new technology which automatically registers the cars in real time is being demonstrated in Europe.
Triona new partner in CLOSER
13 June 2019
Triona is a leading and reliable supplier of innovative IT solutions that combines industry-specific competence and skills in transport infrastructure, traffic, transports, forest industry and energy-/automotive industry.
New public super-fast charger for heavy electric vehicles installed in Gothenburg
4 June 2019
An entirely new type of charging station adapted for heavy traffic, such as distribution trucks and cleaning vehicles is now installed in Gothenburg. The public charging station located at Falutorget is the first of its kind and can also be used to charge passenger vehicles.
DenCity's solutions will be attractive and accessible to everyone
4 June 2019
A workshop on social sustainability was held during the consortium meeting in DenCity held on 7 May. 'Social sustainability is something that many people find somewhat vague, probably because there is no clear definition,' says Frida Åberg, head of urban development for the City of Gothenburg, who held the workshop.
Increased postal and parcel service in demand in sparsely populated areas
28 May 2019
How can participant and data integration contribute to improved accessibility to parcel services, reduced transport costs, new delivery alternatives and a network of representatives that is more adapted to recipients outside of larger urban centres? This was the primary question during CLOSER's, the Swedish Parcel Representatives' and the National Representative Platform's seminar on 25 April.
TRA2020 – Rethinking transport - call for papers & demos
23 May 2019
The event brings together the experts from around the world to Helsinki to discuss the newest innovations and the future of mobility and transport. You can submit your paper as well as your demonstration proposal until May 31!
Joint loading for a higher service level in densely-populated cities
21 May 2019
'If we succeed in combining the parcel boxes with joint loading at Lindholmen, the Lindholmen delivery can solve the problems of the final ten kilometres and simultaneously offer a high service level, which I believe will be a very attractive service.' Those are the words of Louise Larsson, who is responsible for joint loading within the framework of DenCity.
Long-distance freight transport can be made more efficient - We must improve, not restrict!
21 May 2019
"We must not limit the possibilities for improving the efficiency in shipment of goods - we must find ways to better utilize the advantages of every individual mode of transportation in order to handle the right task in the transport system," says Kristoffer Skjutare, who is responsible for multimodal solutions within CLOSER, the national collaborative platform for sustainable freight transport solutions.
New OECD report: HCT - efficient, safe and sustainable road freight
17 May 2019
The report (High Capacity Transport Towards Efficient, Safe and Sustainable Road Freight) from the work within the ITF/OECD's work group for HCT was published on 2 May. The project was initiated in 2015 via Sweden and the HCT programme. Jerker Sjögren, previously programme manager for CLOSER, served as chair and Thomas Asp served as a Swedish representative in the management and work group.
Effective forms of collaboration have never been more important
14 May 2019
Lina Moritz is a new program director at CLOSER, the national collaborative platform for sustainable freight transport solutions located at Lindholmen Science Park's offices in Gothenburg and Stockholm. The financing of a new five-year period for CLOSER is also finalised. "We are entering a new exciting phase", says Lina Moritz in this interview, where we learn a little more about the new program director and how she approaches her assignment."
New project manager with focus on urban mobility
15 April 2019
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.
Time to define concrete measures and joint strategies!
3 April 2019
Which fuels and which energy source will be possible and economically justifiable when the emission of CO2 must be reduced by 70 per cent by 2030? Although there is no lack of technology, there is a great deal of uncertainty within the freight transport sector. Now it is time to define concrete measures and joint strategies. For this reason, CLOSER started the new Energy Supply and Logistics focus area in early 2019.
Join in and develop Lindholm Delivery
1 April 2019
Work with smart transport solutions at Campus Lindholmen reduced heavy transport in the area by nearly 80 per cent. Now the system will be developed and expanded and new services will be connected. Älvstranden Utveckling is looking for participants with smart and innovative solutions who want to join and create Lindholm Delivery 2.0.
Simplicity – The New Innovation Speakers Proposal Submission
29 March 2019
Apply to be one of the speakers at Lindholmen Software Development Day already today! Lindholmen Software Development Day is a neutral arena for cross-industry knowledge sharing in software development.
Fuel Station for Liquid Biogas in Götene – The Kick-off for Rapid National Expansion
25 March 2019
Sweden´s first liquid biogas station has opened today in Götene within the framework of the environmental initiative Klimatklivet. A rapid expansion of infrastructure for liquid biogas fuelling now awaits – a necessary condition for switching heavy traffic from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
Everyone has to think outside of the box and their traditional role
19 March 2019
At CLOSER's annual meeting 4 March, when Stockholm City was the host, several keynote speakers gave their perspective on the city's transport and logistics challenges. The headline for speaker topics was changing roles and patterns in trade and effects on the logistics system. The annual meeting was opened by Stockholm City Traffic Commissioner Daniel Helldén. The other speakers represented Vinnova, IKEA, Jernhusen and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), among others.
New Research and Innovation Programme for Geofencing
5 March 2019
The Swedish Transport Administration has approved financing to establish a research and innovation programme for geofencing. The programme is considered strategically important to continue working with the measures defined in the plan of action developed in 2018 through collaboration between the Swedish Transport Authority, Stockholm City, the city of Gothenburg, Scania, Veoneer, Volvo Cars and the Volvo Group.
Technolution new partner in CLOSER
28 February 2019
Technolution has joined as a partner in CLOSER. Technolution works with technical automation from a system perspective in mobility, industry, energy and security. Among other things, they work with advanced IT solutions for mobility and user-friendly innovations that contribute to long-term, sustainable and climate-smart solutions for the Swedish market.
Electric Trucks Now in Use in Traffic
20 February 2019
Volvo Trucks has not delivered its first two fully electric vehicles – a dust cart to waste management and recycling company Renova and a delivery truck to logistics company DB Schenker and partner carrier TGM. The two electric trucks will now be put into traffic in Gothenburg.
Tomorrow’s solutions on the Drive Sweden Forum agenda
5 February 2019
One of the highlights was Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird’s passionate keynote speech about making sustainable mobility accessible for everyone - take part of his thoughts in this interview. You can now also access the presentations that were held during the day.
Increase stakeholder involvement in construction logistics
30 January 2019
The Mimic consortium met for the first-time mid-January and this time it was in Vienna. The participants discussed the way moving forward both in each individual work package but also together, in-between the work pages.
How can longer vehicles be introduced in Sweden and what research is required
28 January 2019
On 24 January, a major portion of the cargo transport sector gathered to participate in a workshop led by the national HCT programme under the project management of CLOSER. On 21 January of this year, Finland introduced a maximum length increased to 34.5 metres in comparison with Sweden's current limit of 25.25 metres, and thus the purpose of the workshop was to discuss relevant issues relating to how, when and whether longer vehicles can also be introduced in Sweden.
Shared capacity reduces transport and wasted logistics resources
22 January 2019
Horizontal cooperation is an area of focus within CLOSER emphasising how increased cooperation between companies and organisations can increase transport efficiency. 'It's about cooperation between operators on the same level in the supply chain with common challenges,' says Kristoffer Skjutare, CLOSER Project Manager. This can entail, for example, joint procurement of transports for greater use of load capacities, joint research and innovation or shared personnel pools with the objective of achieving more efficient use of resources.
The Logistics Pod is streaming live about the future of logistics
14 January 2019
On 7 February, Per Olof Arnäs was introduced on the Logistics Pod's live broadcast of Bo Hallams of Nowaste Logistics AB & Steerlink Partners, Lina Olsson of CLOSER and Julian Lee of Airmee. There will be variation with veteran logistics experts together with hot challengers, all with a clear vision of remaining a step ahead in development. Today, several companies are behind in terms of digital development and it takes courage to dare to go digital.
Sustainable transport makes for smarter and more attractive cities
9 January 2019
Work with smart transport solutions at Campus Lindholmen reduced heavy transport in the area by nearly 80 per cent. Now the system will be developed and expanded and new services will be connected. A finished solution will be available in one year. Älvstranden's work in developing climate-smart and sustainable transport is part of the DenCity project, an attempt to take on transport challenges in the cities of the future.
MIMIC - With sights set on sustainable construction logistics
20 December 2018
The aim with the MIMIC project is to demonstrate how the concept of SMART Governance can be used as a tool for construction and urban planning. It can also facilitate and help logistics on the way to and from, as well as on construction sites in dense cities in order to improve mobility, reduces traffic congestion and thus decrease the construction sites' negative effects on the surround society.
Digital translators create conditions for better communication in the transport and logistics sector
17 December 2018
The collaborative project Multimodal Information Sharing has got Vinnova's continued trust in driving the development of an information sharing service for more efficient communication in industrial transport and logistics flows, and CLOSER at Lindholmen Science Park will lead the partnership in the project.
Urban Mobility Round Table – freight transport development to create safe, accessible and green cities
10 December 2018
Urban Mobility is a thematic area within CLOSER. The focus for Urban Mobility is freight transport within urban mobility – but with a clear connection to passenger transport and the system perspective.
How Geofencing can become part of our cities
6 December 2018
The new action plan for geofencing is to eventually make cities safer, the air cleaner and the noise level lower. The measures in the action plan also contribute to improved accessibility through a calmer and more consistent pace of traffic.
Collaboration provides new possibilities to solve distribution of goods
29 November 2018
On SVT Forum, you can see 'The Future of Transport' seminar from the 'Sustainable Transport' conference, where DenCity contributed with a presentation on improving efficiency of last-mile deliveries. Possibilities for sustainable e-commerce deliveries with representatives from Postnord and Velove Bikes were also discussed during the seminar.
Aiming for sustainable construction logistics
28 November 2018
The aim of the MIMIC project is to demonstrate how SMART Governance concepts can be used as an aid in the construction and city planning processes. They can facilitate and support logistics to, from and on urban construction sites to improve mobility and reduce congestion. This is done within cities and will thereby reduce the negative impact of construction sites on the surrounding community.
Collective transport and collaboration with a focus on Sustainable transport
27 November 2018
How do we make freight transport efficient in terms of transport and energy through collaboration? During the 'Sustainable Transport' conference arranged by IVL, CLOSER participated in a seminar on the importance of collective transport. The seminar was broadcast on SVT Forum and can be viewed here.
New Project Manager focused on sustainability
22 November 2018
Since November 12, Andreas Josefsson has been the new Project Manager at CLOSER, where he is initially working with energy supply and logistics. Here, Andreas shares his thoughts on which challenges we face in phasing out fossil fuels and what he will contribute to CLOSER.
New project coordinator interested in innovations
21 November 2018
Since November 12, Lisa Almhage has been the new project coordinator for CLOSER and Triple F at Lindholmen Science Park, where she will play a central role in the projects.
Now Triple F has begun – the innovation program to make freight transportation fossil-free and create green jobs
8 November 2018
A broad research and innovation program that aims to lower carbon dioxide emissions from freight traffic in Sweden by 70% by 2030 has begun. The program is called Triple F (Fossil-Free Freight) and will be coordinated by Lindholmen Science Park.
Digitally connected logistics – the key to more efficient freight transportation systems
31 October 2018
Increased digitalization and internet connectivity in logistics, as well as the transition to renewable fuels for freight transportation, are the starting points for several feasibility studies that have now concluded as part of the government’s innovation partnership program for “The next generation’s travel and transport.”
Multimodal information sharing – an open digital platform for sharing logistics data
29 October 2018
What are the difficulties with streamlining information sharing in complex transportation chains and how can we create better preconditions for this?
New Project Manager with an eye on tomorrow’s challenges
29 October 2018
Based in Stockholm, Jonas Eriksson has been the new Project leader at CLOSER since October. He has a background with Scania, PostNord and Jernhusen, and here are some of Jonas’s thoughts on the challenges facing the transport industry and even CLOSER.
Intelligent Video Gate will improve efficiency in Europe’s railroad terminals
15 October 2018
Expectations were high when the prototype from FR8HUB was first demonstrated at the Shift2Rails booth during Innotrans 2018. Intelligent Video Gate, as the demonstration showed, is a key technique being developed at FR8HUB and, when it’s ready to be implemented, will bring a significant increase in efficiency to the work currently done at terminals.
The CIVIC Handbook for Smart Construction Logistics now available
14 September 2018
This handbook has been developed for local governments, clients, developers, contractors, or any other actor that can influence logistics planning and the setup of construction projects.
Systems-thinking approach required in the transitioning of transportation
12 September 2018
The theme of the Transport Efficiency Day (TREFF) 2018 conference at the Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg on August 30 was “How we can transition to a more transportation-efficient society.”
China – both a threat and an opportunity
11 September 2018
“China is laying the foundation of an efficient transportation and logistics industry, and is already at the leading edge of technological developments and technology take-up,” said Mats Harborn, employed for many years at Scania in China, at the HCT (High Capacity Transport) conference arranged at Lindholmen Science Park on August 29.
Broad research and innovation program will make freight transportation fossil free
27 August 2018
Sweden is now gathering its forces to reduce carbon emissions from freight traffic — in the form of a broad innovation initiative through 2030 in which academia, institutions, industry and government agencies are collaborating.
West Sweden invests in liquid biogas in heavy transport vehicles
23 August 2018
Region Västra Götaland is investing about SEK 4.5 million in a development project that aims to coordinate, evaluate and provide information about a number of demonstrations of liquid biogas for trucks in West Sweden. Lindholmen Science Park is the project manager of this project through CLOSER.
IVL becomes partner in CLOSER
15 August 2018
IVL has joined as a partner in CLOSER. IVL works intensively with research and development of models and tools to analyze the environmental and climate impact of various transportation and logistics solutions and to calculate both direct and external costs.
New CEO at Lindholmen Science Park AB
14 August 2018
Lindholmen Science Park’s new CEO, Tord Hermansson, will take office on October 1. “I am proud of and enthusiastic about this new opportunity, and I am looking forward to working to strengthen the power of Swedish innovation.”
Freight transportation development is on track
9 August 2018
The government published a new freight strategy during the spring, a strategy that aligns well with the initiative being taken within freight transport at the European cooperative project Shift2Rail.
Collaboration — the key to developing tomorrow’s dense cities
29 June 2018
How will logistics work once tomorrow’s dense and attractive cities are built? This was the starting point when CIVIC and DenCity, two successful community development projects, held a joint final conference on June 19. The collective answer is: more collaboration.
How automatic material handling can increase Sweden’s competitiveness
15 June 2018
Material handling will become safer and more cost-efficient through automation, which will increase Sweden’s competitiveness.At the same time, Region Örebro County is strengthening its role as a developer of smart logistics solutions.
New era for the software industry
8 June 2018
More than 700 people attended the 14th Lindholmen Software Development Day. This year’s theme was the deliberately ambiguous Software talks. In the sweltering summer heat, over 30 speakers shared their views of the rapid development of trends and technologies in the software industry.
From Lindholmen Science Park to the Volvo Group
24 May 2018
After 13 exciting years at Lindholmen Science Park, it is now time for Niklas Wahlberg to leave his post as CEO and take on new challenges in the Volvo Group. “What I’ve been part of for all these years has been fantastic,” Niklas says.
Premiere for food distribution by electric truck
22 May 2018
An electric distribution truck for temperature-controlled food transport – coming soon to Gothenburg. The project, being carried out in partnership between Volvo, Coop and DB Schenker, is a part of DenCity, which is a project managed by CLOSER, the neutral collaboration platform for developing the cargo transportation of tomorrow.
Sweden will create a leading international environment for collaboration on AI
16 May 2018
On May 16, Peter Eriksson, Minister for Digital Development, launched an international leading artificial intelligence collaboration (AI) - Data Factory & Arena. The venue will be established in Gothenburg at Lindholmen Science Park.
How Stockholm Central can get more satisfied passenger
23 April 2018
Increased punctuality in rail traffic at Stockholm Central Station. That could be the effect of a newly started project under the direction of CLOSER, the national collaboration platform for increased transportation efficiency.
Multimodal information sharing for more efficient logistics chains
13 April 2018
Increased sharing of information and data between different players and types of transportation in industrial transportation flows is expected to greatly impact the aim of further streamlining the logistics operations Sharing logistics data creates opportunities for greater capacity utilization, which can reduce costs and lower the environmental impact of transportation.
Two keynotes ready for the final conference of CIVIC & DenCity
12 April 2018
Karen Vancluysen the Executive Director of Polis and Lars Marcus, architect and professor in Urban Design at Chalmers will be keynote speakers at the final conference of CIVIC and DenCity. We welcome you to an day full of inspiration and networking June 19 at the final conference of CIVIC and DenCity!
Substantial interest in business sector for new transport solutions through horizontal cooperation
4 April 2018
A large share of freight transports are currently conducted using trucks, ships and trains that are not used to full capacity. More efficient utilization of freight carriers could result in major benefits.
Increased legal competence needed in innovation processes
16 March 2018
CLOSER, the national arena for increased transportation efficiency in Sweden, held its annual meeting on March 7. During the day of seminars, focus was directed towards two thematic areas being established: connected and digitalized logistics, and energy supply and logistics.
Helsingborg Municipality becomes a partner in CLOSER
12 February 2018
It has now been decided that Helsingborg Municipality is to become a partner in CLOSER. Helsingborg is one of Sweden’s fastest growing cities and serves as a key logistics hub due to its strategic location. The city has assumed a position as an e-tailing center, with its E-commerce Park, a high density of e-tailers and university courses related to e-tailing, technology development and digitization.
Study into performance-based criteria for heavy vehicles
2 February 2018
Within the PBS work package in the HCT program at CLOSER, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has investigated whether performance-based criteria would be appropriate for use in regulating access to the road network for heavier and longer vehicles. The results show that a system of performance-based criteria is better for evaluating the performance of heavy vehicles than set length or weight requirements.
Sustainable building competition
29 January 2018
The goal of the competition was to generate ideas and design proposals and sustainable strategies and design for a circular consolidation center in Frihamnen Gothenburg. The participants are interdisciplinary teams of students from Chalmers enrolled in the studio - ARK350 – Sustainable Building Competition, in the Master programmes “Design for Sustainable development”
Swedish demonstration of strength around freight transportation of the future
18 December 2017
More electric-powered transportation in cities. A greater degree of automation in loading and unloading. Better communication between modes of transportation. These are a few of the starting points for the feasibility studies now being arranged by CLOSER, the national collaboration platform for transportation efficiency.
Collaboration on digitization for safe, smart cities
18 December 2017
The Swedish Transport Administration has been tasked by the Government to test geofencing in demonstration projects in urban environments. In connection with this, a collaboration project was begun in the autumn to initiate demonstrations and also to develop the relevant existing research and innovation programs so that geofencing is included.
Great interest in rural freight transportation
17 December 2017
On November 28, CLOSER arranged a seminar on freight transportation in rural areas; interest in the event was widespread. Participants from academia, the business sector, and society at large attended, and the day contained many interesting presentations and discussions.
FR8HUB has now begun - SEK 100 million to develop the rail system
16 December 2017
For the first time, a comprehensive European grasp of the railways is being taken through the Shift2Rail initiative. Nearly SEK 9 billion is being invested from the EU and the industry for the purpose of developing the rail system to meet tomorrow's needs. Part of the Horizon 2020 project, Shift2Rail will run up until 2023. With 71 member organizations working in six innovation programs, the Swedish Transport Administration is taking part as a Swedish partner and one of the founding members. CLOSER is now coming in to support the Administration in its latest project: FR8HUB.
CLOSER programme manager met with transportation ministers in Lyon
29 November 2017
Sweden Day was arranged during the SOLUTRANS international show for road and urban transport solutions in Lyon on November 21-22. The arrangers were the Embassy of Sweden in France and Business Sweden. One of the speakers at the conference was Sofie Vennersten, Programme Manager of CLOSER, the national forum in transportation efficiency at Lindholmen Science Park.
Toyota Material Handling new partner
15 November 2017
Toyota Material Handling has joined as new partner in CLOSER
Lunds Tekniska Högskola new partner
15 November 2017
Lunds Tekniska Högskola (LTH) has joined as new partner in CLOSER
Consortium meeting in Amsterdam
13 November 2017
On November 6 - 8 representatives from Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden met in Amsterdam for a consortium meeting and site visit. During the three days the participants discussed the progression of the project’s different work packages and visited the construction site of a new metroline in the city of Amsterdam that will be ready in June 2018.
Sustainable Urban Mobility - submission opens for ITRL Conference
6 November 2017
Cutting edge research on sustainable urban mobility from an integrated perspective, will be on the agenda at the Integrated transport research lab (ITRL) Conference in June next year. Academia, research institutes, industry and public authorities are all welcome as the submission opens.
Large innovative multinationals driving investment in tomorrow’s transportation
3 October 2017
In an increasingly complex and digitalized sector, where automation, electro mobility and connected vehicles comprise the future, new requirements are being set in terms of work approaches. Which is why Autoliv, Ericsson, Volvo Cars, the Volvo Group and Zenuity opened MobilityXlab at Lindholmen Science Park today. The companies want to strengthen their positions at the forefront of a changing automotive industry with the aim of collaborating with start-ups to develop and demonstrate safer and more efficient transportation for tomorrow’s world.
Transport Efficiency Day 2017: Collaboration is key when solutions for the future have arrived
31 August 2017
The technology exists, the solutions exist. Collaboration is needed now to achieve the conversion to a more efficient and sustainable transport system. This was one of the key messages during this year’s Transport Efficiency Day, which attracted more than 200 representatives from the business community, society and academia to Lindholmen in Gothenburg.
VTI new partner
9 August 2017
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI, has joined as new partner in CLOSER.
SSPA Sweden AB new partner
19 June 2017
SSPA Sweden AB has joined as new partner in CLOSER.
Magnus Blinge joins Lindholmen Science Park
24 May 2017
In April of this year, Magnus Blinge began working as senior project manager at Lindholmen Science Park. Magnus was previously employed by Chalmers University of Technology, where he worked as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Technology Management and Economics.
WSP new partner
16 May 2017
WSP has joined as new partner in CLOSER.
High Capacity Transport - Annual report 2016
4 May 2017
High Capacity Transport
The work within the High Capacity Transport program is conducted in 11 different work packages and engages around 15 organisations working together to develop knowledge and create the conditions for a comprehensive introduction of HCT. The goal is to propose a regulatory framework for introducing heavier and longer vehicles on parts of the Swedish road network.
Swedish project meeting in Stockholm
6 April 2017
In the end of March the Swedish project consortium met up in Stockholm to discuss the upcoming demonstration within the CIVIC project. Engaging discussions and an inspiring study visit at Stockholm’s new city space Urban Escape made the day for the participants.
Skanska new partner
6 April 2017
Skanska has joined as new partner in CLOSER.
Innovative transport solutions for future dense cities
5 April 2017
Many interested people met on Lindholmskajen quay in Gothenburg to watch the demonstration of how transporting goods and waste by water could become part of the city’s transport solutions. The demonstration was held under the DenCity framework, a collaborative project between industry, academia and society run by CLOSER, at Lindholmen Science Park.
The keys are communication and cooperation – sustainable logistics & transportation
3 April 2017
DenCity & Civic
Representatives of the DenCity and CIVIC transportation and logistics projects, together with various ongoing urban development projects, such as Ulleråker in Uppsala, met to exchange experiences and discuss shared challenges in the field.
DenCity – the project with solutions for sustainable growth
16 March 2017
What should passenger transport and logistic services look like in our growing cities? We still want to see the clear blue sky, order our groceries on the net and get them delivered in a sustainable manner without the salad having wilted.
Government decision on heavy vehicles paves the way for longer vehicles
10 March 2017
High Capacity Transport
On February 16, the government bill on Freight traffic issues was adopted. The bill contains proposals to open up designated parts of the road network for trucks with a total weight of 74 tons on roads in cases where rail or sea transport is not possible. This means that the 74-ton trucks can transport an increased quantity of goods, thus reducing emissions per ton kilometer. Thomas Asp, project leader at CLOSER, heads up the HCT program that is active in these particular issues.
SMART Governance and MAMCA at VREF Conference on Urban Freight
3 January 2017
At the VREF Conference on Urban Freight in mid-October Gothenburg, the CIVIC project held its first interest group workshop with policy makers from cities and other authorities. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Anna Fredriksson, Linköping University (Sweden), and Dr. Tom van Lier, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and focused on SMART Governance concepts and the MAMCA methodology.
Close collaboration with academia in Sweden
14 December 2016
It is one of CLOSER’s aims to be a national and neutral arena for collaboration within transport efficiency. By gathering together academia, industry and the public sector, we create new collaborations and projects that develop and disseminate knowledge about efficient transport services. In this article, we want to pay particular attention to academia, as they are a critical component in all of our efforts.
Physical Internet – a vision for the transport system of the future
13 December 2016
Today, a great deal of money is flowing in Europe for research and projects that are linked to the vision “Physical Internet”, an open global logistics system. “We want to contribute to elevating the level of knowledge at Swedish partners while, at the same time, we want to examine the vision with Sweden’s requirements in mind,” says Sofie Vennersten, Program Manager of CLOSER at Lindholmen Science Park.
New pre-study about automated logistics services
20 October 2016
Together with partners from industry, academia and government, CLOSER has initiated a pre-study within the strategic innovation program Drive Sweden connected to automated logistics services. The aim of the project is to identify opportunities to improve transport efficiency with automated logistics services to face future challenges that freight transport is facing.
More efficient use of infrastructure – project on sub-urban logistics enters next phase
19 October 2016
In the spring, the pre-study for the project entitled “sub-urban logistics – more efficient use of infrastructure” was completed and the next stage, scheduled to take place from August 2016 to April 2018, has commenced.
The Get Greener project will identify measures for greening of transport
13 September 2016
Sustainable Transport Corridors
Get Greener is a new project that picks up where the Swiftly Green project left off. After two years of work Swiftly Green presented 130 concrete measures that can contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while supporting the development of transport corridors in Europe. The Get Greener project aims to develop packages of measures by using the toolbox of Swiftly Green in order to identify, analyse and test various solutions that can contribute to a significantly reduced environmental impact.
Transport efficiency on top of the agenda for the business community
5 September 2016
More than 200 participants gathered on the 25th of August at Lindholmen Science Park, as the ‘Transport Efficiency Day’ took place, arranged by Closer and Northern LEAD. Leading reseachers and business profiles engaged the audience with trend studies, innovations and sustainable solutions within the area of transport. Lena Erixon, Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration, described which challenges lie ahead of us.
Smarter construction logistics through dialogue and smart governance
13 June 2016
Construction is a necessity to create attractive and sustainable cities. This includes the expansion of infrastructure, development of new residential areas and renovation of buildings. However, the transport of goods and personnel to construction sites disturbs residents, businesses and road users. By involving stakeholders, the CIVIC project contributes to increased transport and energy efficiency as well as to minimised disruptions and nuisance from construction logistics.
Traffic control for more efficient urban freight
11 May 2016
Access road and bypass congestion is a growing problem for the supply of goods in predominantly Stockholm and Gothenburg. A new feasibility study shows that existing roads can be better used by giving strategic and environmental classified freight access to a priority lane. Connected vehicles would make it possible to steer traffic to specific lanes depending on the traffic situation and whether the vehicles meet certain standards.
SWIFTLY Green completed – 130 measures for greener transport in Europe
4 February 2016
A new web portal and a Green Corridor Development Plan will contribute to make transport within Europe more sustainable. The portal and plan are the results of the TEN-T EU project “SWIFTLY Green”, which was completed at the end of 2015. The aim has been to make it easier for transport companies and decision-makers to choose measures that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases without raising transport costs. The project was led by CLOSER at Lindholmen Science Park.
More attractive cities through smarter transports
16 November 2015
The new DenCity project aims to find innovative solutions and services to reduce overcrowding and environmental impact, and increase the quality of life for residents and workers in densely populated city districts. The key will be to involve the general public in designing the solutions. Stockholm and Gothenburg will be the test locations for the new transport solutions of the future.
Cooperation and climate in focus at Transport Efficiency Day 2015
3 September 2015
Cooperation is the key to creating sustainable transport systems of the future. This was expressed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Anna Johansson, when she spoke during the Transport Efficiency Day on August 27 in Örebro. For the fourth consecutive year, more than 200 researchers and representatives of the business community and society gathered. Discussions on the year’s conference focused on global challenges, transport-policy goals and new innovations.
Swedish UbiGo get prestigious transport innovation award
21 May 2015
Swedish start-up UbiGo and St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada are the winners of the International Transport Forum’s 2015 Promising Innovation in Transport Award. UbiGo receives the Award in the passenger category for its innovative all-in-one urban mobility platform that combines different modes of transport into a single offer for the everyday travel needs of urban households and companies.
Toward greener transport corridors – final spurt for SWIFTLY Green
8 May 2015
At a conference in May 6, a discussion was conducted on the formation of European corridor networks with a focus on the ScanMed corridor that extends through Sweden. The conference was arranged to hone and define the process for the establishment of efficient transport corridors through Europe.
Treff 15 in collaboration with Örebro
25 March 2015
The Transport Efficiency Day (Treff) brings together researchers and representatives of the industry and public sector to discuss the most important issues regarding logistics and transport. This year’s conference will be held on August 27 in collaboration with Region Örebro County. Fabian Ilgner, Development Manager at Region Örebro County explains why they chose to become involved in the conference.
Continued investment in transport efficiency
22 January 2015
A large number of organisations throughout Sweden will develop collaborations for long-term sustainable transport solutions. Closer at Lindholmen Science Park, who coordinates the work, has had their financing extended by four years.
The SWIFTLY Green Toolbox for greening of transport
16 December 2014
In November the final structure for the Swiftly Green Toolbox was decided. The project is now in the second developing phase of the toolbox and the main focus is on adding content and to securing the output given by the use of the toolbox.
Future transportation systems to be tested in Frihamnen, Gothenburg
4 December 2014
Well-planned goods and public transportation systems are key to creating sustainable and attractive urban environments. The Dencity project will explore ways of developing innovative, sustainable transportation solutions in the establishment of new urban centres. The project is being financed by VINNOVA and will run to mid-2015.
Half time for the Swiftly Green Project
28 November 2014
The Swiftly Green Project has passed half time and a mid-term conference was arranged in Brussels on 4 November. More than fifty people took part and the EU Commission was represented by Mr. Leo Huberts, DG Move and Mrs. Sofia Papantoniadou, Project Officer at INEA. Results achieved so far and pre-selected best practice cases were presented at the conference by partners of the Swiftly Green project team.
Successful workshops in Bologna and Copenhagen
23 June 2014
Two successful workshops have been held in Bologna on 15 May 2014 and in Copenhagen 10 June.
EU project Swiftly Green is in full swing
26 February 2014
EU project Swiftly Green, who Closer coordinates, have taken off. Among other things, the work have started with the mapping of the status in terms of infrastructure, transport flows in the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor.
New travel service presented in Brussels
28 January 2014
During the last three months 70 families in Gothenburg, Sweden have participated in the on-going field test of a new, innovative travel broker service. On February 18 we will present our experiences and early findings in the project Go:smart. Please join us at the City of Gothenburg European Office in Brussels.
Green Light for SWIFTLY Green
5 August 2013
CLOSER, the Swedish arena for transport efficiency is lead partner for a European project named SWIFTLY Green (Sweden-Italy Freight Transport and Logistics Green Corridor). The project aims to develop a toolbox for increased consideration of green issues in context of TEN-T planning and implementation of the TEN-T Core network corridors.
New partner in Closer
18 February 2013
The Örebro Region has decided to step in as financier for the programme Closer at Lindholmen Science Park. To further strengthen the logistics industry in the region Örebro Region is now doing now new investments in the area. One of the initiatives is the agreement with Closer at Lindholmen Science Park.
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