Green STRING Corridor at Trafikdage at Aalborg University
Results from Green STRING Corridor were presented at Denmark’s largest Transport Conference – Trafikdage at Aalborg University the 26th-27th August. For the 20th year running, academia, industry and public sector met up to present, discuss and share experiences and knowledge.

After our 'Special Session' called Routes to efficient and greener transport solutions in the transport corridor Öresund - Hamburg with guest speakers Göran Serin og Markus Holzweber from Roskilde University ( Read more here) and Work Package Leader Sandrina Lohse's presentation on Transport buyers as drivers for investments in 'greener', innovative  solutions ( Read more here) and Project Manager Leif Gjesing Hansen's presentation on Business travel and accessibility in the STRING Region ( Read more here),  we asked Michael Henriques from Danish Consultancy firm Incentive and Mads Holm-Petersen from The Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) to comment on our session.

 

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Michael Henriques of Incentive found the session interesting:
"I think it's very important to consider the freight and logistics perspective to the fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt. I am, though, a little skeptical defining it narrowly as a freight corridor. I think it's important to consider the flow in broad terms as logistics. No doubt about it - the corridor is a very important transit corridor. But how do you utilize the corridor more? I'm rather nervous about how we are going to actually use all that transport? It's a tricky task - as seen before. Of course the key is to reload, expand with added services - to add value to put it simple. You don't have to be an Einstein to load and drive a truck from Gothenburg to Hamburg. But you do need to be a bit of an Einstein to increase the value from that trip."

 

Mads Holm-Petersen also found the discussion important and commented on the Green STRING Corridor's tentative findings on the impact of the fixed link on the labour market:
"Personally I find it difficult to see much potential in a joint Danish-German labour market as of now. Already there is a labour surplus on both sides of the border. And both the German and Danish parts of the Fehmarn Belt are peripheral regions. Even in the south of Jutland it has been difficult to manage a joint labour market with their German neighbours - and they even have a long tradition for cross border cooperation and a historical orientation against German language and culture. "

 

Mads Holm-Petersen also commented on the potential of developing more environmentally sustainable transportation.
"It's very interesting to see how the  "green" aspect can be utilised and optimised. But a truck does not in its own right become green from driving through a tunnel. The corridor should be used to actively support and optimise "going green". The corridor could be a sort of test lab over three national boarders for trying out sustainable technologies in full scale. I'm just afraid it will take rather a long time to get there. No one has decided on the alternative fuel source of the future yet."

 

Sandrina Lohse could in fact show that there are already examples for existing 'green' transport solutions. Yet she also pointed out that development and changes request certain facilitators, drivers and that each individual company needs to overcome various barriers. The Work Package Leader stressed that public authorities need to send strong signals about the direction of change by setting standards and maintain consistency to minimize the risks - hereby allowing for long term investments. But all participants seem to agree on one aspect: The industry and the public authorities both have to be better at creating strong linkages between companies by connecting buyers to suppliers of green transport services.

 

By Anine Asklund