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Green corridors as test sites of redefining transport techniques

The present very efficient goods transport system is fully based on standards that enable goods and the supporting information flows to be seamlessly relayed the next part in a transport chain. This rationale of standards is the reason why introduction and market penetration of new and redefining transport technology is difficult. Therefore success normally needs alignment with present solutions or full scale implementation. Looking back in history there is a number of examples in the transport industry where alignment or full scale implementation was the precondition of success. The electrification of the railway system and the cargo container system are two successful examples.

To facilitate change in order to transform the present fossil fuel based transport system into a new fossil free system that fulfil customer needs of reliability, frequency, lead times etc. requires a basic understanding of the above mentioned prerequisites of change. In this context, transport corridors could potentially serve as incubators of this threshold for change as well as boosting market adoption.

At present the electrification of transport is a general interesting solution in reducing dependency of fossil resources, if the electric generation can be based on renewable sources. In this context the electrification of highways is a promising solution as it enables heavy truck to use electric propulsion on the long haul transport and still reach shipper and consignee by using the combustion engine for pick-up and delivery, i.e. fulfil customer requirements within general transport standards. Recently the first test of electrified highway was launched in Sweden on the E16. If this or other similar technical solutions prove its ability a next step could be implementation on a TEN-T transport corridor.

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Swiftly Green presents a green corridor development plan

The final version of the Green Corridor Development Plan is now uploaded on the Swiftly Green. The report includes several interesting topics and findings.

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Modest concern on climate and environmental risks

According to the CEO survey carried out by PwC prior to World Economic Forum in Davos risk related to climate and environment is considered the least serious out of 11 threats. More severe threats are more complicated regulations, geopolitical instability and uncertain exchange rates.

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Mandatory reporting of non-financial information within the EU

An open consultation on the directive requiring companies to report non-financial information within the EU is now open until April 15 this year. The directive is to be implemented in national legislation during the year.

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Global agreement on prevention of climate change

196 countries signed the ambitious agreement in Paris. The agreement is lacking specified reduction targets and guidelines. The agreement is considered to form a platform for further development but lead to a large responsibility for all countries. A contributing factor for achieving the agreement is the rapid technical development and reduced price on renewable energy.

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Europeans exposed to harmful air pollution

Air pollution shortens people’s lifespan and contributes to serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer. It is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe. The European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that air pollution continues to be responsible for more than 430 000 premature deaths in Europe.

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Analyze national transport performance within the EU

EU publishes a transport scorecard regarding different countries transport performance on various topics. The share of renewable fuels is one.

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