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2.2.2024 8:00

Even heavy transport is required to undergo a green transition

At Lapland University of Applied Sciences, research is being conducted to determine the requirements for developing alternative fuel distribution infrastructure for heavy transport in Lapland’s conditions.

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Responding to climate challenges and transitioning to alternative fuels enables a green shift in transportation and positively impacts the development of the Lapland region.

According to specialist Jani Sipola, the transition to alternative fuels and changing the power source of vehicles affect logistics chains comprehensively.

- For long-distance travel, synthetic fuels produced from green hydrogen can be one solution. Other gas-based alternatives, such as liquefied biogas, may also be considered.

Additionally, for short distances, electricity can be a functional option, making efficient charging infrastructure essential for successful use of electric transport equipment.

In the Rasva project, which began earlier this year, alternative fuels for heavy transport in Lapland are being investigated. The focus is on developing distribution infrastructure for alternative fuels tailored to the needs of heavy transport and distribution operators in the Lapland region.

The study comprehensively covers the prerequisites and impacts of implementing distribution infrastructure for synthetic fuels and high-power charging, considering aspects such as land use, zoning, and electrical grid capacity. The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The project’s findings have the potential to provide new perspectives on sustainable transportation in the Lapland area, promoting environmentally responsible practices and accelerating the adoption of green technologies in heavy transport.

According to Jani Sipola, this research offers valuable insights for regional planning and decision-making, benefiting not only businesses but also policymakers in understanding the opportunities presented by the green transition.

The Rasva project is carried out by Lapland University of Applied Sciences and receives EU funding from Lapland Regional Council. The total budget is €94,602, with €75,681 coming from EU funding

For more information:
Specialist Jani Sipola
p. +358 50 316 7677
Lapland UAS
Tietokatu 1, Kemi

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