Odense is a municipality in Denmark, located in the region of South Denmark, in the southeast of the country. With an area of 305.6 km² and a population of about 204,000 inhabitants, it is the county seat, and the third largest city in the country, after Copenhagen and Aarhus.
It is a major commercial center and a place for shipping goods, as well as an industrial and academic center.
Thus, the need arose to improve urban mobility, and a light rail system was built from scratch, since the city did not have this transportation mode.
The project was developed in an adverse social and environmental context, including the constraints caused by Covid-19 which peaked during the critical phase of the systems’ installation.
Strengthening the transportation sector and sustainable urban development, including the reduction of carbon emissions, were the main motivations for Efacec’s participation in the Odense Light Rail project. The light rail project is the greenest option on the market, since both total emissions and emissions per person/km are lower for the light rail than for buses.
It is a remarkable project that will shape the future of Odense, with innovative solutions in the fields of energy, signaling and communications with digital connectivity present, core areas for Efacec.