Volvo and Sweden to tread on ‘Green Corridors’
EU estimates say, goods transport in Europe will increase by 50 percent between 2000 and 2020, and that could very well mean perennially clogged roads if the transport system is not streamlined. Volvo Trucks has put a plan into operation, and the government of Sweden is considering the idea to make the transport of goods more efficient. While rail and seaborne traffic is bound to increase, it necessitates an efficient and environmentally sound road transport system as well.
Volvo group has put ahead the idea of green transport corridors and aim to start a project in January on the efficient handling of goods on Swedish highways. The roads will be built to complement sea and rail routes, and among other things, will also include extension of the vehicle rig to increase load capacity, thereby reducing the number of trucks on the road, and new IT systems and communication systems to help the driver gain better fuel economy and more information on the road system. Other considerations include streamlining loading/ unloading of vehicles and distribution of clean or renewable fuels.
The project seems fairly simple in principle, and perhaps even the implementation will not include trouble. It is great to see someone tackling a problem before it gets out of hand.