What is the Transport Purchasing Panel

The road towards sustainable transport

Solutions to the transport emission problems, especially CO2, have mostly focused on the development of infrastructure, vehicle technologies and alternative fuels. However, it has also been observed that technology improvements alone will not be sufficient to cope with the emission reduction challenges and that both transport providers and shippers have to change their systems and how they operate. In addition, the focus on long-term technological solutions needs to be supplemented by short-term behavioural change if the benefits of new technologies are to be realised.

How companies purchase their transport services has a major impact on the transport sector. Although the procurements overall importance for the efficiency of the transport system at large, transport procurement is in many companies not viewed or managed as a strategic issue. The Transport Procurement Panel investigates the progress of transport procurement among Swedish companies and tries to influence the development in a positive direction. The work is based on an interaction between industry and academia. Together we can create better conditions for:

  • More efficient purchasing
  • More efficient logistics
  • Reduced environmental impact of transport

The Transport Procurement Panel is based on a long-term collaboration between IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg.

Published: Mon 11 Jul 2016. Modified: Mon 17 Apr 2017