Lindholmen Delivery - a developing concept now being implemented early in construction processes

More and more people want to live centrally, while interest in the quality of life is increasing. When it comes to the development of a green city environment, Gothenburg is at the cutting edge. Some of the activities include actively working to control goods traffic and inspiring companies to use sustainable transport solutions, shared loading and clean, quiet vehicles.

Sweden is one of the countries in Europe which has seen the greatest migration of people into towns and cities. Increased urbanisation has resulted in the need for more transport, and the challenge is to create a sustainable transport system. The City of Gothenburg has chosen to tackle the problem by showing how smart transport systems can lead both to new business opportunities and to a better environment. The ”Smart Deliveries" concept refers to consolidation of goods, and the use of clean vehicles, which reduces congestion, pollution, and energy consumption in urban goods transport. Assessments of mixed freight consolidation projects in Europe have shown that carbon dioxide emissions fell by around 50 % and road works by between 20 and 45 %, while the time vehicles spent on the city's streets also decreased. Schemes where waste collection and parcel deliveries are coordinated are still very rare, and the “Lindholmen Delivery” provides a unique example. It also gives a solid basis on which to further develop services, both for businesses and private individuals.

Lindholm Delivery leads the field
When the Lindholmen Delivery started in 2008, Gothenburg was the first city in Sweden to get a new transport system involving coordinated goods distribution from a common reception point, and using small electric vehicles for deliveries.  Today, almost all of the businesses located in the area participate, and Lindholmen Delivery is run by a private company. The success of the project led to the development of City Delivery 2012 and Feskeleveransen (Fish Delivery) in 2014.

Those working on Lindholmen Delivery are developing the concept of the consolidated distribution of goods, and the coordinated and consolidated management of waste, using low-emission vehicles. During the year there has been an ongoing process involving various stakeholders, to develop Lindholmen Delivery’s current service. A project plan has been drawn up which among other things includes an expansion of operations over several stages.  It also involves further development of the business model, implementation of the concept in existing areas and its integration in the planning process for new areas. Preparatory studies have been carried out prior to the development of plans affecting businesses and property owners, and before decisions about financing are made. This is essential for the business to be able to operate in the short and medium terms, and to continue to provide a firm basis for the development of the concept. An agreement must be flexible as to the scale of operations. New charging structures for waste disposal and recycling will also be developed, so they harmonize better with other current agreements.

Goods traffic at Lindholmen has fallen by 90%!
Local businesses greatly appreciate the reduction in traffic and the improved waste management system. Success factors include  good collaboration with the affected stakeholders , finding an appropriate form of management and organization, and finding a sustainable financial solution. This presupposes that customers value the benefits of both quality and quantity. This positive attitudes can take a long time to develop and pilot studies are very important in attracting the attention of stakeholders and convincing them of the value of the project.  It is important that new, permanent solutions continue to be implemented in order to maximize the benefits of sustainability.

Once completed, a logistics solution based on the Lindholmen Delivery concept will be integrated into the planning of new city areas sites such as  Frihamnen and  Masthugget. We also want to explore the possibility of using the river as an urban waterway to transport freight and waste.

Anette Thorén, City of Gothenburg