The Fifth Fuel - Energy Efficiency Through Effective Freight Transport in Sustainable Urban Areas

Policies, new technology (e.g. vehicles, fuel) and intermodal transport are insufficient to tackle the high environmental targets of urban freight transport. Considerable excess capacity is available in the freight transport system; underutilized capacity of vehicles and limited cooperation between transport providers and –buyers. This potential can be used to meet the increased demand for freight transport and energy conservation and improved energy efficiency. Through concept development and case studies of urban supply chains (product owner → transport provider → store → consumer) this project aims to create new knowledge and research environment, as well as actionable knowledge in the form of methods and principles through which the freight transport sector can identify the potential of “where” as well as “how” it can be brought to life. The positive effects of effective flow of material and resource utilisation are in themselves a competitive energy resource: the ‘fifth fuel’.

Partner organizations

  • Logistik- och transport stiftelsen LTS (Non Profit, Sweden)
Start date 01/06/2014
End date The project is closed: 01/12/2017
​Policies, new technology (e.g. vehicles, fuel) and intermodal transport are insufficient to tackle the high environmental targets of urban freight transport. Considerable excess capacity is available in the freight transport system; underutilized capacity of vehicles and limited cooperation between transport providers and –buyers. This potential can be used to meet the increased demand for freight transport and energy conservation and improved energy efficiency. Through concept development and case studies of urban supply chains (product owner → transport provider → store → consumer) this project aims to create new knowledge and research environment, as well as actionable knowledge in the form of methods and principles through which the freight transport sector can identify the potential of “where” as well as “how” it can be brought to life. The positive effects of effective flow of material and resource utilisation are in themselves a competitive energy resource: the ‘fifth fuel’.
Project leader and contact
External partners
​​LTS - Logistik och Transport Stiftelsen
All project members
​Árni Halldórsson, Kenth Lumsden, Anette Winter, Magnus Blinge, Jessica Wehner.

Funded by

  • Swedish Energy Agency (Public, Sweden)

Published: Thu 31 May 2018.