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Round table discussion on investments in connected and green transport corridors

The physical-, energy- and digital infrastructures need to be connected when building the transport system of the future. This means that business models, roles and interpretation of policies and regulations need to change. And it will require collaboration, system perspective and courage when both commercial actors and authorities transform.
Trafik på en gata omgärdad av träd. Foto: zhang kaiyv, Pexels.

These were some of the themes that came up when Drive Sweden arranged a much-appreciated roundtable discussion on how we in Sweden can join forces around investments in connected and green transport corridors. Representatives from the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, the Swedish Energy Agency, the Ministry of Infrastructure, TeliaEricssone-onABBSkanskaVolvo and Einride participated in the round-table.

"This was an initial conversation to discuss and learn from each other. The goal is to identify common challenges and synergies so that we together can meet the needs for sustainable, safe and efficient mobility", says Hamid Zarghampour, responsible for the Thematic area Digital Infrastructure in Drive Sweden's program office and Chief strategist for connected and automated transport at the Swedish Transport Administration.

Another theme raised was the EU fund Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which aims to promote investment in connected and green transport in Europe. From here, Swedish players will be able to apply for co-funding in the areas of transport, energy and digital communication.

"All participants agreed on the need to act now in order to be at the forefront of this development. Authorities and businesses have, of course, different perspectives and roles in the work ahead, but with our good cooperation climate and our strong industry, Sweden has good conditions to succeed. The best way for us to understand how business models should work in the future is to start collaborating on concrete activities. Such an activity could be to gather our strengths around a specific road stretch", says Sofie Vennersten, program director at Drive Sweden.