Nordic transport ministers to discuss alternative fuel distribution infrastructure

Press release 25.10.2021 09.50 fi sv en

Finland has invited the Nordic transport ministers to an informal climate meeting on 26 October 2021. The meeting will be arranged by means of online connections and it will be chaired by Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.

The participants will include Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth from Sweden, Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson from Iceland, Minister of Transport Benny Engelbrecht from Denmark and State Secretary Metter Gundersen from Norway.

The meeting will focus on the alternative fuel distribution infrastructure, especially for cross-border traffic, and on carbon pricing as an emission reduction method. The participants will also address the upcoming COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, particularly its transport issues.

“It is important to hear views on how we in the Nordic countries could ensure that there is an interoperable and geographically appropriate recharging and refuelling network for heavy goods vehicles on both sides of the borders. It is the only way to ensure that goods transport with alternative fuels runs smoothly,” Minister Harakka says.

“We are also interested in hearing the Nordic countries’ perspectives on emissions trading in road transport. In addition, it is good to share information on what kind of national measures are being implemented or planned in different countries,” Harakka says.

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