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Procurement of food transport

Borlänge

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The Municipality of Borlänge's procurement of food transport is a good example of sustainable work- By procuring transports separately, it was easier to place environmental requirements on lorries and fuel - for example, that the lorries should be environmentally classed under the latest EU rules and that the fuel they run on should be of the highest possible environmental classification.
Food logistics are procured together with the neighbouring municipalities of Gagnef, Säter and Smedjebacken. Now this noteworthy distribution model has been used for seven years. Well-functioning coordination between the four municipalities has further amplified the positive efforts.

sustainable development
climate change
transport

Objectives of the Good Practice

to decrease gas emissions, to save time and money

Participants of the Good Practice

Municipality of Borlänge
the neighbouring municipalities of Gagnef, Säter and Smedjebacken.

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of Municipalities
local and small producers

Funding of the Good Practice

Municipality of Borlänge

More Details of the Good Practice

Posotove effects of the distribution model include that:

  • The procured transport centre for joint distribution saves time, money and the environment
  • Local and small producers are benefited by shared transports, which increases competition and places downward pressure on prices.
  • Shorter distances and fewer stops result in less exhaust emissions.
  • Children are given a safer traffic environment when fewer lorries travel to and from the schools.

food from the various suppliers is led to a joint receiving center where they are repacked and loaded together for onward transport to slightly more than 200 schools, preshools and elderly homes in the region. Now a haulier drives all of the goods out instead of seven different suppliers each delivering goods with their own lorries. The transporter is now required to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by another five percent.
Goods valued at approximately EUR 4 million pass through the center annually. Half of all deliveries to go to the Municipality of Börlange. The rest are egually divided between the neighbouring municipalities. Borlänge buys a great deal of ecological food, but still orders the majority of its goods from large wholesalers. When the distance of the food to the school kitchen is shorter and cheaper, local producers can also be involved and compete.
One more idea is to make it easier for small and medium-sized suppliers and to pave the way for direct deliveries from the food industry and for this work good IT support is needed.

Documentation and documents

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Eperiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
www.skl.se/klimat
www.theirname.se

Available files

Contact details

Hornsgatan 20, Stockholm, Sweden
SE-118 82 Stockholm
+46 8 452 70 00
info@skl.se www.skl.se

Data sources and references

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Eperiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions