null Minister Harakka takes part in a US–Nordic webinar on fossil fuel-free transport

Minister Harakka takes part in a US–Nordic webinar on fossil fuel-free transport

Press release 14.04.2021 18.07 fi sv en

Minister Timo Harakka (Photo: Laura Kotila / Prime Minister's Office)

How can the United States transition to fossil fuel-free transport? What can the US learn from the climate solutions proposed by the Nordic countries and in which areas can we work more together? These issues will be discussed at a climate webinar between the US and the Nordic countries on 15 April 2021. Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka will speak at the event.

Transport is the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In March, President Joe Biden published a comprehensive infrastructure proposal, Build Back Better. The proposed investments in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure could create jobs and decrease air pollution. At the same time, they would speed up the transition towards climate neutrality.

The webinar will discuss what the United States could learn from the sustainable mobility solutions offered in the Nordic countries. In the webinar, the participants will discuss the measures taken by both countries and companies to accelerate fossil fuel-free transport. The event is organised by the World Resources Institute and the embassies of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland to the United States. It is part of the US Climate Action Week programme.

The other speakers at the webinar ‘Race to a Fossil Fuel-Free Transportation Sector’ on 15 April 2021 at 10:30 AM (EDT) include Polly Trottenberg, US Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland; Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO, Volvo Group; Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO for Mærsk-McKinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping; and Everett Eissenstat, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, General Motors. The webinar will be open to everyone.

Finland has a partnership with the state of Michigan on clean technologies. The fields of cooperation include the development of intelligent transport solutions and battery technology.

Finland’s aim is to halve the greenhouse gas emissions of domestic transport by 2030 and achieve zero emissions from transport by 2045. A roadmap for fossil fuel-free transport has been prepared in Finland and the Government will decide on the measures to reduce transport-related emissions in spring 2021.

Inquiries:

Ritva Hautanen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Transport and Communications, tel. +358 295 342 081, ritva.hautanen(at)lvm.fi

Heli Hyypiä, Counselor, Embassy of Finland to the United States in Washington D.C., tel. +1 202 299 6108, heli.hyypia(at)formin.fi