Växjö Municipality is situated in Kronoberg County in southern Sweden. The Municipality was created in 1971 by the amalgamation of the City of Växjö with the surrounding municipalities. Växjö has a long-term strategy to take the environment and climate into account.
The goal set by Växjö in 1993 to become "fossil fuel free" has led to a reduction of 34% carbon dioxide emissions per inhabitant by 2009. In particular Växjö has worked with notable success to make transport more efficient and environmentally friendly. Vaxjo has implemented strict new sustainability criteria in their procurement activities, aiming to inspire others in Sweden to do likewise.
Using an e-purchasing system and a joint distribution centre, the number of goods deliveries to municipal facilities in Växjö have decreased by by as much as 80%. An optimised delivery plan with predetermined routes inform the facilities in advance when to expect deliveries, which helps them to plan their work and resources, and also saves a great deal of time. The whole process is managed via the internet.
The benefits of the coordinated goods transport scheme include:
Växjö, has radically altered the way goods are distributed to municipal buildings (such as schools and elderly homes), reducing delivery trips from 2,000 to just 350 a week.
The city has enacted far-reaching social requirements in the procurement of beverage machines.