Category Archives: Environment and Climate

Knowledge in the fight against microplastics from road traffic

The Swedish Government has commissioned VTI to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding the emission of microplastics from road traffic. Government commission regarding emission of microplastics It began with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency being commissioned by the Swedish...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Knowledge in the fight against microplastics from road traffic

Modal shift – a way to achieve the environmental objectives

Shifting freight transports from road to rail and water can contribute to achieving the Swedish environmental and climate objectives by 2030. How this could be done is something that researchers from VTI and Gothenburg University are investigating within the three-year project Mosel, which stands...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Freight Transport, Policy and Planning | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Modal shift – a way to achieve the environmental objectives

Effects of Low Emission Zones in European cities

Most Low Emission Zones have been implemented because the cities did not comply with the EU Limit Values for local air quality. In a new report, researchers at TOI investigate regulations for and enforcement of European Low Emission Zones (LEZs) and evaluate the effect of LEZs on local air...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Policy and Planning, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Effects of Low Emission Zones in European cities

Samkost 3: Swedish report regarding government commission on the costs of traffic to society has been submitted

Since 2013, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has had several government commissions to produce documentation on the costs to society caused by traffic. On 1 November 2018, the agency reported its latest commission, SAMKOST 3. The commission comprised all types of...

Read more
Posted in Economics, Environment and Climate | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Samkost 3: Swedish report regarding government commission on the costs of traffic to society has been submitted

Non-native plant species spread via transport systems

Lupins
Researchers at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI, have compiled a report on non-native invasive plant species in Sweden and how they spread via transport systems. An invasive species is a non-native animal or plant species that has been introduced into an...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Maintenance | Tagged , | Comments Off on Non-native plant species spread via transport systems

Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road recharging the batteries of cars and trucks while driving opened in Sweden. The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, was at the formal inauguration of the electrified road on April 11, 2018. The stretch of road outside Stockholm...

Read more
Posted in Energy and Fuel, Environment and Climate, Freight Transport, Passenger Transport, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

Research programme for efficient travelling

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is playing an important role in a major new research programme to find radical solutions leading to fewer trips and more efficient travel, along with tools to enable better use of roads and vehicles. The programme, called...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Policy and Planning | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Research programme for efficient travelling

Millions for research into maritime transport and the environment

Maritime transport is a major source of emissions of harmful air pollutants and carbon dioxide. In a new project, a research team from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and the University of Gothenburg has received SEK 6.4 million to analyse policy instruments and...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Freight Transport, Policy and Planning | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Millions for research into maritime transport and the environment

Self-driving buses for near future

A self-driving, fossil-free bus. This idea might become reality through a forthcoming collaborative project involving the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping University and several other participants. The project group aims to have the self-driving bus in...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Intelligent Transport Systems, Vehicles | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Self-driving buses for near future

New climate-proof solutions for hard surfaces

High-density road infrastructure that emphasise maximum durability and minimum maintenance create inflexible systems, which put increased stress on urban trees and lead to increased risk for flooding. Over the past five years, the ‘Climate-proof solutions for urban surfaces’ project...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Infrastructure, Maintenance | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on New climate-proof solutions for hard surfaces