Energy saving potential in the fish export from Norway


The main objective of the project is to develop and implement actions, strategies and measures for improved energy efficiency in transport of goods. This report describes the pilot actions, which have been carried out in Phase 2 of the project.

The report focuses on:

  • Energy use in today’s transport of fish (the year 1999)
  • Pilot actions and necessary conditions for implementation of the actions
  • Actual and potential energy saving effects of the pilot actions
  • Possible transferability of the actions and strategies to other industrial

The result shows that it is possible to reach a 5 % reduction in the energy use in the lorry transport at company level actions containing information and motivation measures among the drivers. For the whole fish export from Norway transported on lorry, a 5 % reduction in fuel consumption would give an energy saving effect of about 12.000 tonnes fuel or about 115 mill kWh a year. A transfer from today’s road transport of fish, from Norway to the European continent, to rail transport could give a reduction in energy consumption up to 60-70 % on some routes. For all Norwegian fish export to the European continent such modal shift could give a reduction of energy use at about 70.000 tonnes fuel or nearly 700 mill kWh.

In year 2000 Waagan Transport was the only transport company using the Åndalsnes-Oslo railline for fish transport. In year 2001 other transport companies also started fish transport on this railline. Our case company has apparently started a process among the transport companies resulting in a substantial reduction in energy use in transport of goods. In NSB Cargo this effect is mentioned as “the Waagan effect”.