Visit from Roskilde University
The Green STRING Corridor project has been fortunate to have a visit from two of Denmark’s prominent researchers in industrial clusters, Povl Adler Hansen and Göran Folke Serin. Both researchers are at Roskilde University at the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies (CBIT). At the moment they are both finishing analyses for the Green STRING Corridor. We were able to hear them reveal some of their very first fresh findings.

The over all questions the two researchers have set out to answer are: What kind of business clusters are there in the STRING region? What implications can there be for these clusters considering the connection of the Öresund region with Northern Germany via the fixed link across the Femern Belt - especially regarding the city of Hamburg.

 

Göran Serin

Göran Serin, RUC

 

First of all Povl Hansen told about the connection between the development of consumer goods and business development. He explained: "Transportation of physical goods is in relation to GNP in old EU countries generally decreasing but  in Zealand  a total decrease has taken place.

 

Not only because of the economical stagnation, but because of consumer goods becoming lighter and more compact. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean less traffic, since the customers still require frequent and fast deliveries and therefore many freight trains and trucks are crossing Europe halfway empty."

 

This implies that we have to look at transportation in connection with the general development within logistics and consumer development.

 

 Povl A Hansen

Povl A. Hansen, RUC

 

A specific finding that Povl Hansen made clear was as a region, especially for Region Zealand, it is important to look at parallel transport corridors to the Femern Fixed Link. If we sit around with our hands in our laps, waiting for the tunnel to be finished, the port of Trelleborg may indeed have done their homework before us and will be ready to take much of the goods transportation from Sweden to Germany. The port is preparing with new ferries, new wharfs and a new ring road. Furthermore the ferry trip from Trelleborg presents truck drivers with a nice 7 hour sleep opportunity.

 

Göran Serin agrees: "We have to look into optimising inter-modal transportation. Optimising the possibilities arising from the Femern Tunnel means looking into both rail and road transportation - and especially into ways of combing the two. We have to think smart and make sure that more transport means more green transport, not black, polluting transport filled with unwanted emissions".

 

By Anine Asklund