Enforced and improved infrastructural systems are not only creating more opportunities for new and growing companies. By developing our infrastructure in line with the governmental green perspective we are at the core of sustainable development, where more jobs are generated while at the same time creating intelligent solutions to reduce our impact on the environment.
The governmental targets for 2020 are ambitious, but not impossible. We are talking sustainable development at its fullest, with a national goal of 50 per cent renewable energy, 20 per cent more efficient energy use and 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. All to be achieved in less than ten years.
If we are to fulfil these goals, everyone must participate and focus on sustainability. The climate problem operates across geographical boundaries, and involves every nation on this planet. In Sweden we have the advantage of having access to well-developed technology supporting green alternatives within most sectors.
Within infrastructure, transport and logistics, the overall ambition of the main stakeholders is to reduce environmental impact by creating more efficient systems and cargo flows. Sweden needs to develop its Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) further in order to compete on a global market where “green is the new black”.
At the same time, our country offers geographical challenges requiring us to be flexible in terms of transporting goods and people. Our new Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, explains that the idea is not to prohibit or stop any kind of travel or transport, but to integrate more environmentally-friendly options to cater to our needs. She continues:
“Environmental problems know no borders. For this reason, we must find good cross-border solutions to our common problems. The cooperation between nations, regions and cities is necessary”.
I take my hat off to that statement.