Energy efficient freight – methods, actions and evaluation tools in logistics
Research Project, 2015 – 2017

The aim of the project is to study and analyze how the planning processes in production and logistics can accomplish more energy efficient freight transport. The study only includes measures. Based on two case studies this project investigated the organizational design and processes of the relationships between the actors involved. The aims were to identify and describe structures and organizational measures in planning and structuring that both enable or prevent more sustainable transport logistics.

A close interaction between the logistic chain actors that contributes to a good business relationship is a key organizational element that is likely to facilitate more energy efficient transport logistics. In this context we introduce and discuss the transport service triad (TST) as a model for analysis. The TST model includes various perspectives of the interaction between the shipper, transport service provider and consignee. The aim is to better understand changes in freight transport systems at the micro level where operational business decisions and corresponding amendments is carried out.

With radical organizational changes substantial energy savings may be achievable. It should be emphasized that the general market development within transport logistics driven by new distribution patterns requiring small, quick and highly frequent transport services. These are in general less energy efficient.


Kajsa Hulthén (contact)

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Victor Eriksson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management


Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Gothenburg, Sweden

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Stockholm, Sweden


Stockholm, Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency

Project ID: 41195-1
Funding Chalmers participation during 2015–2017

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