Innovation: CLEANTRUCK - Clean And Energy Efficient Trucks For Urban Goods Distribution

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The EU targets a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020. Emissions have been reduced in all main sectors except transport, which produced some 20% of EU-15 emissions.

More than 90% of total EU domestic transport emissions come from road transport. In Stockholm, urban goods distribution trucks account for almost half of the environmental impact of road traffic, despite comprising only 10% of the total traffic movements. The pattern is similar in all EU cities, where urban goods distribution tends to take place using trucks running on fossil fuels.

Urban goods distribution trucks also affect public health and quality of life for the majority of EU citizens in urban communities through noise pollution and production of breathable particulate matter.


Through the CleanTruck project, the City of Stockholm in collaboration with IDS (International Diesel Service), AGA Gas AB, hauliers and truck suppliers will pave the way for low carbon transport throughout Sweden.

The aim of CleanTruck is to establish new filling stations for renewable truck fuel, and to demonstrate new types of clean trucks in the Stockholm region. Eco-driving, nitrogen-filled tyres and cooling units with liquid carbon dioxide for refrigerated vehicles are also promoted through the project, aiming to further reduce pollutants from goods distribution. A number of private hauliers are participating in the project. In total, around 80 clean trucks will be purchased, driven and evaluated through the project.

CleanTruck aims at making a real difference. Filling stations, clean fuels and trucks are introduced simultaneously. Scania offers ethanol-fuelled trucks and Mercedes will supply electric hybrid trucks. Volvo offers trucks that run on a mix of diesel and biogas as well as electric hybrid trucks.

Purchase grants
CleanTruck offers a purchase grant to companies investing in clean trucks for use in goods transport in Stockholm. Companies joining CleanTruck are also offered support to encourage eco-driving, for purchasing carbon dioxide cooling units and for nitrogen in tyres.

Four-year initiative
CleanTruck was intended to run for four years, 2010-2013. Due to delays in getting vehicles on the road it was extended til 2014. The project has been granted EU funding of approximately SEK13 million from Life+. The participating companies contribute approximately SEK19 million. The Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Innovation Agency are supporting the project.
The primary objective of the CLEANTRUCK project is to demonstrate the commercial and technical viability of alternative fuels and new technologies for goods distribution vehicles. It thus aims to reduce the overall impact of this sector on GHG emissions and other forms of pollution.

CLEANTRUCK will construct: filling pumps for the alternative fuels ethanol ED95 and biomethane; filling stations for CO2 for use as a refrigerant which will reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are 1 300 times more potent as a greenhouse gas; and mobile stations for N2 to inflate tyres. These will be installed at existing stations based in industrial areas used by clusters of interested companies.

The project will also facilitate the procurement of 30 ethanol ED95 trucks, 30 dual-fuel trucks and 20 electric-hybrid trucks by private distribution companies. It will use a tested funding model offering a rebate of up to 50% for each vehicle purchased. The project will further support these innovations by training around 100 drivers in ‘Heavy Eco-Driving.’ Monitoring and evaluation of data will occur throughout the project.

Providing these economically viable solutions to transporters is expected to achieve annual reductions of:

1. CO2 emissions by 1 500 tonnes;
2. NOx production by 17 tonnes;
3. Noise pollution;
4. Generation of the breathable fraction of fine particles (up to 2.5 ?m) by 240 kg

The project will provide inspiration for other cities to implement similar programmes and innovations and these will be targeted by dissemination actions. This should further reduce the climate impact of urban goods distribution and stimulate the market for alternative fuels.
Preliminary outcomes will be added after Progress Report 2013. In the meantime - please do not hesitate to contact us!

This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Clean And Energy Efficient Trucks For Urban Goods Distribution


01.01.2010 to 31.12.2014

on-going project

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Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Ms. SKOGENS Elin


Phone: +46-850828766



Field: Manufacture of Gas (Sweden)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Mr. SJÖDAHL Ragnar


Phone: +46-87311018



Field: Wholesale and retail trade (Sweden)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Mr. BYNKE Johan


Phone: +46-8 506 80 264