Sustainable Food 2.0 in Ljusdal is based on the result of analyses and comparisons of the overall conditions for establishing circular food production within the municipality. Overall prerequisites included the fact that it is located in the middle of Sweden, and has plenty of clean water, skilled labour, good energy access, well-developed social infrastructure, rich variety of recreational, and cultural activities.

What can Ljusdal offer

Ljusdal municipality

Through Sustainable Food 2.0, Ljusdal wants to be a partner that supports and creates excellent prerequisites  for the development of a new Swedish food production.

For the municipality it is important to be involved and create good conditions to strengthen the domestic food supply in Sweden. This in a sustainable way for the future,  which is something that Ljusdal, together with Ramboll, believes in, as there will be numerous competitive advantages by establishing a circular cultivation system with a cooperation between different public and private actors.

Within the municipality, we want to take advantage of the knowledge and skills that historically exist in this part of Sweden, those related to agriculture and of new residents in the municipality. We strongly believe that we can provide all of the necessary conditions so that proposed new businesses will be economically competitive. By involving various operators and industries it is possible to identify synergies based on cooperation, which create better economic prerequisites  and a lower degree of environmental impact, including from existing conventional farming.

According to our analysis Ljusdal will create very good overall conditions through years of established collaboration between public and business communities.

  • Highway 84 passes through the planned area.
  • Water treatment, coordination and management of rest products by the municipal energy company Ljusdal Energi.
  • The area has public access to electricity, roads, water and sewer.
  • Train, the Northern Main Line runs through Ljusdals train station.
Access to land
  • Ljusdal municipality owns the majority of the land in question
    • Drill 2:14 120 ha
    • Ljusdal’s -Vik 03:13 about 104 hectares , whereof 18,5 hectares are already detailed planned for the actual purpose.
  • The area in question has no private neighbors who could be affected by the illuminated greenhouses or other disturbing activities.
Cost benefits
  • The land in the planned area is flat and consists of easily workable soil. (Mo, a substance that has a particle size of 0.02 to 0,2 mm and is sized between sand and silt.)
  • Ljusdal’s geographic location allows for additional financial support.
  • Ljusdal Energi can provide energy, water and waste management, which creates a unique competitive advantages of cost-reducing character  for all players.
  • Branta AB (Wallbergs) runs its business in connection with the planned area, and can supply bioenergy for heating but also operate and manage needed heating plant.
  • Snatens Lantbruk AB, which has a very large milk production in the area, has through its cropland opportunity to take care of the waste products that can create synergies for all parties.
  • The availability of competitive labour is good, and is strengthened even further through the proximity to the towns of Hudiksvall, Bollnäs and Sveg.
Local cooperation

In Ljusdal there is a long tradition of collaboration, which has resulted in a broad base of knowledge and a large network that creates unique competitive advantages. Some examples of this tradition of collaboration with public actors include Almi, Region Gavleborg, National Swedish Employment Office, County Administrative Board, and the local business community. Acting through cooperation to get benefits for all is quite natural for all business in Ljusdal.

Local partners and organised collaboration is one important part of the unique prerequisites for Sustainable Food 2.0. Possible local partners include the following:

Branta AB

A local entrepreneur with extensive operations in gravel crushing, gravel sales and bioenergy on the neighbouring site, and can offer:

  • heat deliveries from their boiler plant sufficient for needed heat during the summertime;
  • location of a new boiler plant directly adjacent to the industrial area;
  • operation and maintenance of the boiler if desired;
  • delivery of large amounts of waste wood and wood chips from the neighbouring plot;
  • access to mobile emergency power units located on the neighbouring plot; and
  • functioning production of compost and soil conditioners that may be used in combination with the new production of compost and feed within the new industrial area.

Snatens Lantbruk AB

One of the largest dairy farms in Sweden and can offer:

  • large arable land that can utilise sludge and nutrient-rich water to increase its own production capacity; and
  • large quantities of cowpats that could be an interesting component for the production of feed and fertilizer.

Ljusdal Energi

Responsible for energy, water, sewage, and waste disposal within Ljusdal, and can offer:

  • coordination of residual management in the new industrial area;
  • establishment of the necessary infrastructure to and from the area with regard to VA, energy, etc.;
  • collection of organic waste that can be used and upgraded within the industrial area; and
  • collection of additional food waste to get the appropriate volume for the feed production in coordination with neighbouring municipalities if needed.

With the above-noted cooperation and integration between different business activities the competitiveness for the planned production facilities will be strengthened, and can also be an example to demonstrate and show the way for others on how to build a profitable local, circular and sustainable new food production.

How can Ramboll help

Ramboll is a leading sustainable society advisor with over 13,000 experts in Scandinavia, North America, United Kingdom, continental Europe, Middle East, and India, and has a significant presence in Asia, Australia, South America, and sub-Saharan Africa. We are passionate about inspiring and innovative solutions that can be advantageous for customers, end users and the society.

Ramboll is working to introduce and develop sustainable solutions in a variety of areas and has been working with circular cultivation concept for a long time, and also built a number of large fish farms in Norway. It is also working on improving greenhouses in order to make them more resource efficient, thus creating a highly competitive greenhouse production, which is extremely important for building a new sustainable competitive Swedish food production. Ramboll also has cutting-edge expertise in a number of areas that have a direct link to the establishment of circular food production such as:

  • Method of landscaping that is specially adapted to new food production plants.
  • Process systems for the treatment and disposal of nutrient-rich water and waste water streams.
  • Collection system for organic waste.
  • Production and upgrading of biogas.
  • Sustainable energy systems, including energy storages.
  • Sustainable solutions for treatment and recovery of surface water.
  • Environmental issues.
  • Project and business development.
Geographical Description

Ljusdal is located in the middle of Sweden, approximately three hours’ drive from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Three national highways and the northern main railway run through the municipality. The planned area for Sustainable Food 2.0 is located along Highway 84 in the Bränta Industrial area.

The ground in the planned area is flat and consists of easily cultivated soil. The area is not disturbing anyone since there are no private neighbours who could be affected by the illuminated greenhouses or other disturbing activities.

Mark Bränta