Trains save on carbon emissions
Did you know that the rail tracks at the Port of Gothenburg are the most heavily used tracks for freight in Sweden and that the port is one of the largest railway stations in the country? Each day, more than 70 trains arrive and depart. The trains can travel right up to the quayside, which allows rapid, efficient reloading to and from the vessels.
For several years, the Port of Gothenburg has invested in rail shuttles, which link the Port with inland terminals at towns and cities throughout Sweden and Norway. The concept is known as Railport Scandinavia and means that road transport can be replaced by rail transport.
Railport Scandinavia has proved successful and the volume of goods carried increases each year. At present, around half of all containers to and from the Port are moved by rail, which is a very high proportion by international standards. Apart from the rail shuttles in Railport Scandinavia, there are also customised full-train systems carrying cars, oil, steel, paper and bananas.
Railport Scandinavia reduces transport energy use by 70 per cent and at saves air emissions. Road congestion is also reduced with a subsequent fall in the number of accidents on the roads. In 2012, rail shuttles save around 61,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to emissions from 23,000 cars for a whole year. Each day, the rail shuttles replace 700 trucks.
Read more about Railport Scandinavia.
Last changed 01/12/2015