Collaboration and working methods for a fossil-free, resilient and competitive transport system

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Collaboration between transport companies and transport-buying enterprises (e.g., retailers, industries, and municipalities) is crucial for a resilient and fossil-free transportation system, yet knowledge about how this collaboration should be structures is lacking.

The project aims to support companies in transitioning their transportation systems by developing collaborative forms and working methods. Various measures, e.g., changes in fuels, vehicles, and logistics design, are being studied. The project also enhances the understanding of synergies and conflicts between resilience and sustainability.

An interactive research approach involving practical engagement enables needs-driven studies, co-creation of knowledge, and rapid dissemination and implementation of results. Key methods include observations of ongoing stakeholder meetings, workshops, and focused interviews. The project has a significant impact, facilitated in part by the extensive networks of its four project partners.

Project aim:

  1. Increased understanding of how actor cooperation needs to be developed. Increased knowledge about the impact different actors has on the resilience of the transport system. Guidance on various forms of collaboration that effectively support the transition.
  2. Development of innovative, practical and collaborative working methods for transport companies and transport buyers to strengthen the resilience of the transport system.
  3. Deeper understanding of the dynamic relationships (synergies and contradictions) between resilience and at least five different technology- or management-oriented environmental measures in the transport system. In-depth knowledge of how combinations of different environmental measures can provide increased resilience.
  4. Deepened collaboration between academia and industry in the transition work.
  5. High degree of dissemination to a broad target group.


Financier: Swedish Energy Agency

Project time: 2024-2028

Collaborating organisations/project partners:

  • Bring
  • Systembolaget
  • Lyreco
  • Linnéuniversitetet



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