Trade and freight transport are vital to expand public welfare and to ensure function and development of society. At the same time, the transport sector is a highly complex system, involving different modes of transport and organizations collectively facing big climate challenges. In an effort to speed up the transition to fossil-free fuels in the transport sector, the Port of Gothenburg have joined forces with Volvo Group, Scania, and Stena Line, to bring about a significant reduction in carbon emissions linked to the largest port in the Scandinavia. The aim is to cut carbon emissions generated from transports to and from the Port of Gothenburg by 70 percent by 2030.
The companies involved will introduce a series of interlinked measures designed to accelerate the switch to fossil-free fuels. This task has already commenced with an analysis and mapping of freight flows as part of the commitment to offering the market the right products and establishing a fossil-free fuel infrastructure to support this development. Gothenburg Port Authority will produce the necessary infrastructure and access to fossil-free fuels for heavy vehicles, including electric power, HVO, biogas, and hydrogen gas.
Volvo and Scania will put commercial offerings in place for their heavy truck customers, ensuring that in time land transport becomes fossil free in accordance with the goals laid down by the port. Stena Line will also have a key role to play by ensuring new fossil-free vessels are brought into service on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route by 2030, moving from vision to reality with its battery-powered vessel concept Stena Elektra.
The transport sector needs to move away from its reliance on fossil fuels and the Tranzero Initiative is a big step forward.