in the steel industry's supply chain
Bergslagen’s steel industry needs workers, energy, products, service and delivery of its products. To achieve this, a lot of transport is required both internally and externally
Today there is a clear ambition and broad consensus that Sweden will achieve fossil-independent transport by 2030. The road forward is uncertain, but increased involvement and increased cooperation between different actors will be necessary to achieve the goal.
There is a great need to highlight the current situation and identify possible efforts, both in terms of direct action and continued research. Here, the industry, suppliers, community actors and academics in Bergslagen with their special conditions and needs can influence the development positively.
European road 16 is being tested
The region is characterised by long distances and extensive industrial activities.
Triple Steelix is now conducting a preliminary study aimed at contributing to sustainable transport in the steel industry. By focusing on industry suppliers who implement and provide transport around the clock, there are good opportunities to influence the changeover.
The focus is local and regional transport, which often occurs between industrial companies or industry-based travel and the supplier’s location. This may include for example services, maintenance services, consulting services, commodity transport, material transport or internal transport.
By linking the preliminary study to the unique and regional test areas offered by European road 16, it is possible to spread knowledge and link actors to future projects.
“In today’s social debate, it is easy to see electrification as the only solution, but long distances need to be combined with other types of transport solutions and fuels. We need to implement measures that fit the region and the regional industry. To build infrastructure as needed, affect policy and disseminate knowledge for changed behaviours”, explains Patrick Olsson, who is Triple Steelix’s project leader for the preliminary study.
Solutions for the whole of Sweden
“Often the focus is on metropolitan areas and urban environments that have completely different conditions. Now we want to focus and find solutions that suit the rest of Sweden,” continues Nicklas Tarantino, head of the Triple Steelix resource efficiency area. “The steel industry’s location in Bergslagen is a perfect platform for building infrastructure for sustainable transport”, adds Nicklas.
In the preliminary study, actors that can contribute to cooperation, influence and development participate. It is about the two major steel companies in the region: Sandvik SMT and SSAB, ITSDalarna which is an innovation environment in sustainable transport and intelligent transport systems, and includes Dalarna University and Gävle University, which can contribute to research and development in logistics, transport, technology, etc. The goal is to identify today’s conditions, linking actors to a common network of skills, as well as establishing regional implementation projects and future research.
“The steel industry’s location in Bergslagen is a perfect platform for building infrastructure for sustainable transport”