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A creative and more sustainable approach to future transports when students innovate

By The Blogging Crew, December 11, 2019
Future transports need to be more sustainable, that is a well-known fact. But what kind of (realistic or non-realistic) future transport and logistics solutions are you longing for? You could find some really good ideas among the proposals presented by young students at Universeum in Gothenburg this week.

One of the transport industry’s biggest challenges is to make transports smarter, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. That’s why Greencarrier supports the school project and competition “Future Transports”.

Future Day competition

The final day of the project took place on December 4th at Universeum. Fifteen classes from grades 7 and 8 participated and their proposals for a more sustainable transport industry were presented to the jury, curious visitors and other stakeholders.

The overall winner was Guldhedsskolan 8A that had created a very creative and well-thought-out concept of an egg boat that works for different types of travel and transport.

The idea of sustainability was consistent throughout the proposal in everything from energy supply to the vegan food served on board and it was designed with human needs in focus. Hopefully we can ride in the egg boat in the future!

Greencarrier and Future Transports

The overall purpose of the Future Transports project is to create a forum for dialogue and to engage, inspire and make students interested in environment and sustainable technology as well as showing different types of job functions in the transport industry. For Greencarrier this is a way to be part of the dialogue and share our knowledge and expertise with students, teachers and other partners to the project. This goes well together with Greencarrier’s ambitions for sustainability, the Greencarrier Spirit.

During the day we had our own Greencarrier exhibition stand where we met a lot of young people with great ambitions and interesting ideas for a sustainable future. Our ambition was to show them that logistics is fun and an important part of our global world.

We had several experts participating in a part of the program called “Challenge the expert”. This consisted of several panel discussions together with experts from the other collaboration partners, where the students could ask questions and discuss sustainability in transportation.

Inspiration and curiosity in focus

Heléne Lundström, Greencarrier Freight Services, was one of the experts during the day. She says:

“We in the logistics industry has a negative impact on the environment, but we work hard to change that and improve for the future. Developing smart and more sustainable future logistics solutions is a must! And it gives me great hope to see all the creativity and smart ideas that this generation of students have. The Future Transport project enables us to inspire and get inspired by young people as well as other partners to the project, and it is a great way for us to open our minds and think outside the box.”

Irén Flodberg, Greencarrier Liner Agency, participated in Greencarrier’s exhibition stand and met all the curious students during the day. She adds:

“This is also an excellent way for us to share our knowledge and create an interest for what we do and what possibilities lies within the logistics sector in the future. Hopefully some of these creative students will become more interested in logistics and sustainability, come up with better logistics solutions and come to work for us some day!”

More about Greencarrier’s project partnership with Universeum

The Future Transport project is initiated by Universeum, which is the largest Science Center in the Nordic Countries, and carried out each year in collaboration with a number of partners. It is held in Gothenburg, Sweden, and gives students in grade 7 and 8 a chance to be inspired by nature to find new and sustainable ways to move and transport goods. The students’ mission is to look into the future and create a transport solution for the year 2049.

Greencarrier is one of the several partners to this project. Other partners are Chalmers, Gothenburg University, Volvo, Polestar, RISE, SAS, Swedavia Airports, Port of Gothenburg, Swedish Shipowner’s Association, Fossil Free Aviation 2045, Hogia, Västtrafik, City of Gothenburg, Parking Gothenburg, and VGR.