null Impacts of teleworking and new transport services on greenhouse gas emissions to be assessed

Impacts of teleworking and new transport services on greenhouse gas emissions to be assessed

Press release 26.03.2021 16.17 fi sv en

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, a roadmap for fossil-free transport has been prepared and will be promoted in phases. Projects are now being launched to assess, among other things, the impacts of teleworking and new transport services on greenhouse gas emissions.

The Roadmap for fossil-free transport is a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from domestic transport. The intention is to adopt a Government resolution on the Roadmap for fossil-free transport in the spring of 2021. The roadmap has identified the need for more information on the effects of teleworking and transport servicification on emissions before a decision is made. In addition, how companies would be affected by rising fuel prices is also being assessed. Three studies are being prepared under the leadership of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The principal body implementing the studies is Ramboll Finland. Later, the intention is also to assess the possibilities for combined transport and emission reduction potential in Finland.

1. More information on the effects of teleworking

A year ago, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a million Finns switched to telework. In March 2020, the number of vehicle-kilometres also decreased significantly, which stemmed not only from teleworking but also from travel restrictions. According to the estimate drawn up by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, commuter traffic decreased by about seven per cent in 2020 as a result of teleworking.

The project assesses how telework affects vehicle-kilometres and greenhouse gas emissions from transport. In addition, measures will be identified by which the central government can promote telework even after the exceptional circumstances, taking into account emission reduction targets.

The project steering group includes experts from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of the Environment.

2. Transport services to promote sustainable mobility

Another project examines how new transport services affect greenhouse gas emissions. Transport servicification emphasises customer-orientation, digital platforms, demand responsive transport and more efficient allocation of existing vehicle capacity. The aim is to ensure that mobility is managed in a manner that is as sustainable and emission-free as possible, such as by public transport, walking, cycling, and new sustainable transport services. The backbone of trip chains is public transport, complemented by other sustainable mobility solutions, such as shared services.

The project steering group includes experts from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of the Environment.

3. Effects of fuel prices on companies are investigated

The aim of the work is to determine in more detail the effects of a possible increase in fuel prices on the costs of companies in various industries and thus on competitiveness in different price rise scenarios. The effects of rising fuel prices are described for different geographical areas in Finland and for different industries.

Te project steering group includes experts from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom.

What next?

Impact assessments will be carried out in spring and summer 2021, and completed by autumn. The results will be used when deciding on the next steps of the Roadmap for fossil-free transport.

The Government will issue a resolution on the Roadmap for fossil-free transport in the spring of 2021. 

Inquiries

Päivi Antikainen, Director of Unit, tel. +358 50 382 7101, paivi.antikainen(at)lvm.fi, Twitter @PaiviAntikainen(telework and servicification)

Niko-Matti Ronikonmäki, tel. +358 295 342 129, niko-matti.ronikonmaki(at)lvm.fi, Twitter @ronikni (effects of fuel prices)