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Sustainable food logistics


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Municipality of Borlänge is buying food and their transport separately after being irritated by the oligopoly of wholesalers. Now it is easier to apply environmental requirements that cover both food and their transport, for example that the lorries are environmentally classed under the latest EU rules and that their fuel is of the highest possible environmental classification.

Now goods from large wholesaler's "carpool" to four municipalities and over 200 schools, preschools and elderly homes saving time, money and the environment.

The distribution model has several positive effects, such as

  • joint distribution centre saves money, time and the environment,
  • local and small producers benefit from shared transports, which increases competition and has an effect on prices,
  • increased traffic safety,
  • reduces in CO2 emissions.

Green purchasing

Objectives of the Good Practice

More sustainable food logistics, finding a comprehensive and environmentally friendly solution

Participants of the Good Practice

Municipality of Borlänge
Municipalities of Gagnef, Säter and Smedjebacken

More Details of the Good Practice

Municipality of Borlänge has been purchasing food logistics and used their more sustainable food distibution model together with the neighbouring municipalities of Gagnef, Säter and Smedjebacken for seven years now.

Food from various suppliers is led to a joint receiving centre, repacked and loaded for onward transport. Now all food is delivered in the same haulier instead of each supplier delivering their own goods.

Documentation and documents

Available files

Data sources and references

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Experiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. 2009.