The seven recommendations are set to meet the vision by the five Nordic governments, that the Nordics should become the most integrated and sustainable region in the world by 2030. Nordic Innovation works towards this vision through three innovation missions with one of them focusing on the Nordics as a pioneering region for green mobility.
The Nordics as a pioneering region for green mobility
The report: The next stages of Nordic Innovation and Cooperation for sustainable mobility and transport investigates the current Nordic mobility ecosystem, it gives an overview of current and previous mobility projects and the challenges faced, and it identifies strengths and competitive advantages of the Nordic region in specific mobility areas.
The outcome of the analysis is 7 strategic recommendations for future collaboration within mobility.
The seven recommendations are:
1. The transition to green aviation: Recognizing the environmental implications of aviation, the Nordics are pioneering in the efforts to shift towards more sustainable aviation practices, focusing on cleaner fuels, efficiency, and reduced emissions.
2. A sustainable and automated maritime sector: The maritime sector is undergoing a significant transformation. The emphasis is on sustainable fuel alternatives, harnessing automation for enhanced efficiency and integrating sustainable practices to minimize ecological impact.
3. Infrastructure and services supporting electrification: With the global push towards electrification, the Nordics are investing in robust infrastructure, from charging stations to grid enhancements, ensuring a seamless transition to electric mobility.
4. Intermodal and Smart Mobility Solutions: The future lies in integrated mobility solutions. By promoting intermodality, the region aims to offer a seamless, efficient, and user-friendly mobility experience.
5. Circular Economy in Transportation: Moving beyond linear models, the focus is on creating transportation solutions that are regenerative by design, emphasizing reuse, recycling, and reduced waste.
6. Climate Resilient Infrastructure: As the effects of climate change become increasingly palpable, there's a concerted effort to develop infrastructure that can withstand and adapt to changing climatic conditions.
7. Unified and Progressive Policy and Regulation: To steer the sector towards sustainable practices, the Nordics are working on policies and regulations that are not only progressive but also harmonized across the region, ensuring consistency and clarity.
An important guideline towards vision 2030
The 7 recommendations are designed to guide mobility stakeholders, such as policymakers and industry leaders in the region. The recommendations offer a roadmap to ensure that initiatives in the mobility sector are aligned, impactful, sustainable, and in line with vision 2030. The aim of the recommendations is to offer policymakers and stakeholders clarity, a direction and a vision for a sustainable and interconnected Nordic region within mobility. Finally, the recommendations form a valuable strategic basis for joint Nordic mobility initiatives going forward.
The report is an important guideline on how to reach vision 2030. Nina Egeli, Head of Program at Nordic Innovation says:
“A lot has changed since we launched Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program in 2018. Technology developments have been many, people are more responsive to change, and the demand for sustainable alternatives is increasing,” she says.
“Macro-trends, such as climate change, are affecting mobility and people’s lives more directly. The 2030 milestone is just around the corner. It is time to really speed up the transition to sustainable mobility, to make the right priorities and to gather our resources around those initiatives where our region can be frontrunners and play our part in the global transformation of mobility. This report can help us get our priorities right and to take the next steps with confidence,” she continues.
The report including the seven recommendations is developed under the Nordic Green Mobility program which is one of the eight initiatives launched by the five Nordic Ministers of Trade and Industry. The aim of the program is to make the Nordic region leading within green mobility. The program is a continuation of the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.