Innovative green supply chain in the city of Växjö

Project information

Index: 0524R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location SWEDEN SöDRA SVERIGE Småland med öarna Start/End date of the practice
Start: 01.04.2011

Topic of the practice

Improving distribution efficiency in local authority purchasing

Good Practice Information

By using an e-purchasing system and an urban load / freight consolidation centre, the number of deliveries to the 450 Växjö municipal buildings are reduced by approximately 80%. All municipal facilites (e.g. kindergarten, sewage treatments plants, homes for the elderly etc) place their orders for goods in a web-based system. This systemn has details of all the cities contracted suppliers and the goods they offer. The costumer chooses what they need and checks out. They get an e-invoice. There is then a message to the suppliers, to the consolidation centre (CC) and the forwarding company. The
supplier delivers to the CC. The CC combines goods from suppliers with the orders in order to maximise delivery efficiency All 427 municipal facilities in Växjö that order goods participate in this scheme. Each facility will know exactly when the goods are going to arrive and they will only get one delivery per day, allowing them to plan their time accordingly.

Evidence of success

The impact of using this system in Växjö has decreased the number of deliveries by more than 80% and CO2 per transported ton has also decreased by more than 70%. Further reductions of emissions will be achieved as all deliveries are now made by a RME or biogas truck. Växjö together with ESS is currently working to expand the scheme to the other 7 municipalities in the region of South East Sweden.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

David Braic and Ulrika Nord

Växjö kommun;

Annex completed on: 03-09-2012

As of 31 December 2015, this website is no longer updated. Follow news on interregional cooperation at