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A Method of Finding HCT Roundwood Corridors for Reduction of GHG Emissions and Fuel Costs in Sweden

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Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skogsmarksgränd, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, Skogforsk, 751 83 Uppsala, Sweden
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Sveaskog, Kungsgatan 107, SE-753 18 Uppsala, Sweden
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Forests 2020, 11(2), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11020220
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 31 January 2020 / Accepted: 12 February 2020 / Published: 14 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Supply Chain Optimization for Biomass and Biofuels)
Background and Objectives: in Sweden during 2016, 71.6 million metric tonnes (t) of forest biomass (roundwood and forest fuels) were transported by truck, corresponding to approximately 15% of all national goods truck transport. To reduce the environmental impact of forest product transports and meet Swedish climate goals, the use of 90 t high-capacity transport (HCT) trucks on well-chosen routes has been identified as one potential measure. The objective was, therefore, to develop a method of finding the geographical occurrence of potential roundwood HCT corridors for 90 t trucks, as well as estimating their environmental and economic potential in comparison to the conventional 74 t-truck transport system for Swedish conditions. Materials and Methods: the study used data from actual roundwood transports during 2016 along with a digitalization of the Swedish road network (National Road Database, SNVDB) for corridor identification. In four steps we: 1) identified supportive networks, 2) identified flow supporting corridors on the technically supportive networks, 3) applied a calibrated route finder (CRF) to route relevant transports both directly from the landing to the receiver and via the corridor, gathering drive distance information and, for example, 4) analyzed transports fuel consumption and potential CO2 savings. Results: Results showed there was annual potential for 25 HCT corridors throughout Sweden to employ 20 90 t trucks to transport 2.5 Mt of roundwood, reducing up to 5500 t of CO2 and €3.1 M in fuel costs. Conclusions: the study reinforces previous studies’ findings concerning economic and environmental potential using HCT vehicles and identifies terminal establishment and management costs as a bottleneck in successful large-scale implementation of HCT corridors. View Full-Text
Keywords: high-capacity transportation (HCT); roundwood; routing; supply chain; logistics high-capacity transportation (HCT); roundwood; routing; supply chain; logistics
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Höök, C.; Asmoarp, V.; Edlund, B.; Bergström, D. A Method of Finding HCT Roundwood Corridors for Reduction of GHG Emissions and Fuel Costs in Sweden. Forests 2020, 11, 220. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11020220

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Höök C, Asmoarp V, Edlund B, Bergström D. A Method of Finding HCT Roundwood Corridors for Reduction of GHG Emissions and Fuel Costs in Sweden. Forests. 2020; 11(2):220. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11020220

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Höök, Christian, Victor Asmoarp, Björn Edlund, and Dan Bergström. 2020. "A Method of Finding HCT Roundwood Corridors for Reduction of GHG Emissions and Fuel Costs in Sweden" Forests 11, no. 2: 220. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11020220

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