How to reduce the climate impact of the Swedish car fleet

How to reduce the climate impact of the Swedish car fleet

With the objective to reduce the climate impact of the Swedish car fleet, the company Kvdcars initiated bilberget.se to provide transparent data on effects of existing and possible public policies on emissions. Thereby, Kvdcars allows politicians and the public to evaluate the effect of policies and actions.

Since Kvdcars is a central and important player of the Swedish car industry, selling approximately 25 000 used cars every year, there is a possibility to change and drive the industry in a more sustainable direction. With that in mind, the company initiated bilberget.se (Swedish translation of “a mountain of cars”) and started a collaboration with Chalmers Industriteknik, a foundation founded by Chalmers University of Technology.

The sustainability focus in the car industry today is new technology in new cars and it’s effect on the environment. Very little is done with used cars that are currently driven in Sweden. Kvdcars wants to make a difference and work to reduce and rejuvenate the Swedish vehicle fleet.

There are about 5 million cars in Sweden today and more than one million of these are older than 15 years. It is estimated that Swedish cars travel 6.8 billion miles annually and the lifespan of a car is on average 17 years. When investigating when a car reaches its optimal lifespan from a sustainability perspective, the results from Chalmers Industriteknik show that we have much to gain from replacing older cars with newer ones, even if the climate impact of manufacturing new car is taken into account.

Furthermore, it is also clear that the most sustainable cars in Sweden – electric and charging hybrids – never enters the used-car-market because they are exported from Sweden. Chalmers Industriteknik have calculated the co2-emission-loss Sweden and the climate loses because of this, as Sweden has more fossil-free electric energy compared to many European countries.

Other published political proposals, such as introducing more vehicles that run on biofuel only and conversions of existing petrol cars to ethanol and gas cars, have also been investigated within the initiative. Please visit bilberget.se (N.B. Swish website) for further information about the initiative.


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Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.