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Nordic countries have shared views on transport emission reductions

Nordic countries have shared views on transport emission reductions

Press release 09.03.2017 10.26 fi sv en

Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner met her Nordic colleagues 8 March to discuss measures aiming at lower transport emissions. The meeting identified common aims and areas where the Nordic countries could cooperate to reach the emission reduction targets.

“The Nordic countries have ambitious targets for reducing transport emissions. The most important measures are to increase the use of renewable fuels and to improve the energy efficiency of the transport system. The Nordic countries are well equipped for broad-based cooperation in these sectors. Together we will reach a bigger market area that is more attractive for businesses too,” says Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

Among the cooperation themes discussed were cleaner and lower-emission public procurement in the transport sector and development and promotion of biofuels in the Nordic countries. A possible common position on the CO2 limit values for car manufacturers in the EU was also discussed.

One of the themes was how to improve the energy efficiency of the transport system. Issues raised in the discussions were digitalisation and the more flexible and efficient transport services between the countries as well as transport automation.

It is the intention to conduct further studies on the possible cooperation measures in the spring.

In summer 2016, the European Union Commission proposed for Member States binding emission reduction targets that are strongly aimed at the transport sector too. The targets proposed for Finland, Sweden and Denmark are reductions of 39–40% from the 2005 level by 2030. Norway has also committed to considerable reductions in transport emissions in the next decades.

The meeting was attended by Sweden's Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan, Norway’s Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen and Deputy Permanent Secretary Dorte Nøhr Andersen from the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

Inquiries: Mr Mikael Nyberg, Director-General, tel. +358 40 837 8794