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New logistics data lab creates better opportunities to achieve climate goals

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A new national logistics data lab is now in place with the objective of increasing the potential for collaborations on sharing and using data. This will benefit the development of a sustainable transport system in the future.


The logistics data lab was formed by 29 actors who together represent actors from universities, cities, regions and business. Organizations that are interested in taking part in the data lab's results are welcome to join the project, which is run by CLOSER and is funded by VINNOVA. The data lab is an open arena where several different parts of the logistics industry meet and collaborate to make it easier to use and share data. With a common interest in creating a sustainable and attractive transport system.

Shared data - a joint opportunity to achieve climate goals

The transport and logistics system faces many challenges. Demands for sustainability and reduced emissions are increasing, at the same time as big cities are growing - which means congestion. Commerce is undergoing major changes with new demands for flexible and fast deliveries that stress the system. Common to these challenges is that many solutions are linked to the possibilities that digitization and shared data make possible. The Logistics Data Lab establishes a neutral arena for exploring data-driven innovation in the transport and logistics sector to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digitization and accessibility of data. The purpose is to contribute to the development of a sustainable and digitalized supply system in accordance with the national goals, the global Agenda 2030 goals and the Paris Agreement.

" I see a great need for the Logistics Club. A prerequisite for being able to increase the proportion of sustainable transport and reduce the climate impact in Sweden is that we work together! We need collaboration to standardize data and expand the possibilities for data sharing. In the food industry, it is very noticeable now that home deliveries of food and restaurant food have increased significantly in the past year, as a consequence of, among other things, the Covid-19 pandemic. With 20 years of experience in delivering mobile IT solutions to the logistics industry, MobiOne will have an important role in this work and we look forward to taking a leading position in the work with the Logistics Club", says Iain Bade, CEO MobiOne.

Smarter municipal transport

One of the first challenges that the Logistics Data Lab takes on is to further develop the initiative that the City of Helsingborg has already started, with the goal of streamlining transport to municipal units through groupage. Cargo loading also reduces the presence of trucks in schoolyards and other places that are sensitive to traffic. Through shared data between public and private organizations, the City of Helsingborg sees an opportunity to create database insights that support sustainable purchasing and transport decisions.

"We are happy to be part of the Logistics Data Lab. Digitizing and making data available is important for making smarter decisions that benefit our residents, the business community and, above all, the environment. It is about creating conditions for new services and business models. We enter with a use case where we, together with ten of the city's suppliers, investigate the possibilities of sharing and making delivery data visible. We believe that the Logistics Data Lab has the right competence and the right attitude to help us with our challenges and also sees this as a chance to share what we learn with other municipalities", says Linda Bermin, City of Helsingborg.

"At RISE, we see that there is great potential for data-driven innovation in the transport and logistics industry, and with the establishment of a logistics data lab, we are taking another important step", says Matilda Lindström, Head of Mobility and Systems RISE.
The project is coordinated by CLOSER, which is a neutral collaboration platform for increased transport efficiency, with support from RISE, which has extensive experience of test beds and has previously initiated and run data labs in other sectors of society.