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Tranzero Initiative to make Scandinavia’s largest port fossil-​free launched

To speed up the transition to fossil-free fuels in the Swedish transportation sector, a consortium with truck majors Scania and Volvo Group, along with shipping operator Stena Line, and the Port of Gothenburg has announced the Tranzero Initiative – a collaboration to ensure a reduction in carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030 linked to the Port of Gothenburg, the largest port in Scandinavia.

Some 6 000 vessels and 1 million trucks transit the Port of Gothenburg annually (photo courtesy Gothenburg Port Authority).

Trade and freight transport are vital to expand public welfare and ensure the function and development of society. The transport sector is also a complex system, where different modes of transport and organizations collectively face big climate challenges.

No single organization or individual holds the key to the challenges ahead. Collaboration is crucial and we are pleased to bring on board two of the world’s largest truck manufacturers and the world’s largest ferry company. With our collective expertise, breadth, and market presence we can make a real difference, said Elvir Dzanic, Chief Executive, Gothenburg Port Authority.

Tranzero Initiative

Named the “Tranzero Initiative”, this venture focuses on the one million truck transports and the 55 000 tonnes of carbon emissions generated from road transports to and from the Port of Gothenburg annually. The Initiative also includes electrification of sea transport.

The companies involved will introduce a series of interlinked measures to accelerate the switch to fossil-free fuels. This has already commenced with a needs analysis and mapping of freight flows as part of the commitment to offering the market the right products and establishing a fossil-free fuel infrastructure to support this development.

Gothenburg Port Authority will produce the necessary infrastructure and access to fossil-free fuels for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) including electric power, renewable diesel (HVO), biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG), and hydrogen.

Scania and Volvo will put commercial offerings in place for their heavy truck customers, ensuring that land transport becomes fossil-free in accordance with the goals laid down by the Port.

Stena Line will also have a key role by ensuring new fossil-free vessels are brought into service on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route by 2030, for instance moving from vision to reality with its battery-powered vessel concept Stena Elektra.

Welcomed by the government

The Tranzero Initiative is welcomed by the Swedish government and is in line with the ambition for Sweden to become the world’s first fossil-free country. The chief executives behind the Initiative are also members of the Electrification Commission, which was set up by Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth last autumn.

The transition to fossil-free transport to and from the Port will need government support for companies that need to upgrade their fleets, for example, designated grants, subsidized charging points, and fossil-free fuels.

We have had a long-standing exchange of views and ideas with the government regarding our challenges, and our goals are the same. The transport sector needs to move away from its reliance on fossil fuels and with the Tranzero Initiative we are taking a monumental step forward, Elvir Dzanic said.

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