The aim of the Smart Connectivity program is to facilitate innovation and change within the logistics sector through, inter alia, establishing Nordic data space for data sharing across the Nordic logistics sector, within and across national borders. The objective is to make it easier for Nordic logistics companies to share data with each other and with their subcontractors, in order to optimize operations and contribute to a more climate-efficient and profitable logistics sector.
Increased data sharing between Nordic mobility companies has great potential to reduce e.g. empty driving, congestion and emissions, for the benefit of industry, society and the climate. Data sharing in the logistics sector can optimize capacity utilization and make transport of goods more efficient.
The program is one of eight initiatives launched by the five Nordic ministers of trade and industry. The initiatives represent a determined advance towards a stronger and more sustainable Nordic region and support the vision for the Nordic region to be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.
There are great opportunities in creating a more efficient logistics sector and reduce CO2 emissions through more data sharing and collaboration across the logistics industry. The development of better commercial solutions for coordinating delivery of goods and better capacity utilization can reduce congestion in urban areas and contributing to decarbonizing long-haul transportation.
The Nordic countries will not achieve transformative change by acting alone. A Nordic approach to a sustainable ocean economy will support and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda and work to strengthen the ambitions of EU Green Deal. It will also allow for ecosystem partners to take part in the Horizon Europe missions.
Common Nordic principles and standards, as well as a technical and legal framework for data sharing in the mobility sector, are deemed important. They could support Nordic mobility companies in becoming leaders in data sharing within the EU and thus being at the forefront of the EU's future efforts in the data economy.
To create collaboration for data sharing and efficiency in transport and mobility, it is important to facilitate dialogues with industry actors across borders, to identify needs and opportunities and to map how the regulatory and legal structures look like in cities and in the Nordic region when it comes to last mile and/or long-haul transport. This will form the basis of future innovation projects under the program.