Port of Gävle

Environment and safety

The government’s maritime strategy states that: “switching from land to maritime freight transportation helps to reduce both the collective environmental burden of the transport sector as well as traffic congestion on land. Factors that can encourage such migration need therefore to be identified and developed.”

The world´s first electric highway for trucks is currently being tested on the E16 east of Gävle. If the test is proven successful, we will soon have green transportation all the way from the industries in Dalarna to Port of Gävle and beyond.

Every day a train travels from Port of Gävle to Brista outside of Sigtuna delivering plane fuel for Arlanda airport. Previously, the fuel was transported by 50 lorries a day that drove straight through the centre of Stockholm city. Not only has this new solution increased traffic safety, it is also estimated to have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 2 500 tonnes per year. This is just one example of how maritime transport can contribute to reducing the environmental burden. Of course, maritime transport impacts the environment just as all other modes of transport do, but the burden is significantly lower.

More examples of the strivings in making Port of Gävle more environmentally sustainable, is that the existing rail connection to the port will  be electrified in 2021. All terminal operations, such as dragging, loading and unloading of containers are run with electricity or fossil-free diesel (HVO). The company cars have been replaced with electric and biofuel cars.

Our goal is to achieve growth without increasing negative impact on the environment. That requires continuous environmental efforts that permeate everything we do.