Category Archives: Environment and Climate

Electric cars crucial in achieving climate goals

It can be costly, though, because the low costs of electric cars motivate more people to choose car instead of public transport. The result is more queues and crippled public transport infrastructure. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve the climate goals without increasing queues and...

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Additional policy instruments are needed to achieve Swedish environmental quality objectives for maritime transport

Achieving the national and international environmental objectives for maritime airborne emissions requires a combination of new and more powerful policy instruments. The policies already in place are not enough. This is one of the conclusions of a research project, led by VTI, which has now been...

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Unique knowledge compilation on microplastics from road traffic

Although we know that tyre and road surface wear generates significant emissions of microplastics, knowledge about them is very limited. This is the conclusion of a report issued by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). In a new report, researchers from VTI and...

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Measures for infrastructure climate adaptation requires prioritisation

The effect of climate change will result in more extreme weather events causing for example increased risk of floods, and landslides, which will result in great costs to society. Therefore, society needs to prepare for the consequences brought on by climate change, an effort that requires...

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VTI launches new maritime research

VTI’s ambition is to create cohesive maritime research in areas such as transport economics, logistics, environment, behavioural science, and navigation. One current assignment concerns the validation of research in a major international EU-project, Sea Traffic Management. VTI’s maritime...

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Kilometre tax is expected to have the greatest environmental impact

How can environmentally differentiated charges and other policy instruments reduce the freight transports’ environmental impact? VTI has participated in a research project on this subject. The project was led by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and carried out in collaboration with...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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