Animal transport is increasing in the world, accounting for significant effects on economic value, animal welfare and CO2 emissions. These animal transports also haves implications for the spread of infectious animal diseases which can have a dramatic impact on both health and economic values. An economically efficient and sustainable system for the transport of animals may also result in increasing the competitiveness of rural areas and farmers, which means that cultural and environmental policy objectives can be strengthened.
The aim of the project is to deliver strategic planning and route optimization tools to reduce animal movements and thus also CO2 emissions by 20-40 %. The methods and planning tools have been developed for the forestry industry and will in this project be adapted and refined to the needs of the slaughter industry. The project is interdisciplinary with a unique combination of skills and it has distinct and diverse positive effects: