Green Corridors – an initiative from the European Commission

Developing sustainable transport corridors will increase competitiveness and contribute to a sustainable Europe. These transportation passages and projects are called Green Corridors.

The Swedish government assignment Green Corridors was formed in 2010. It is jointly run by Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration), Sjöfartsverket (the Swedish Maritime Administration) and VINNOVA (the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems).

The idea behind the Swedish work is:

  • to demonstrate efficient transport solutions
  • support research and innovation to further strengthen the Green Corridors, in terms of infrastructure, technology, business models and institutional issues
  • to promote the development of Green Corridors in EU transport policy and
  • to establish international partnerships that can lead to Green Corridors to and from the Nordic region.

European Initiatives and Collaboration

International partnerships are needed for a successful development of sustainable transport corridors to and from the Nordic region.The Green Corridors origins from a European Commission initiative aiming at developing a "greener" transport policy, that satisfies the climate challenge while increasing European competitiveness.

Collaboration with European Initiatives and Projects

In order to implement the transnational efforts better, we are working in close collaboration with several European initiatives, among these the Super Green research consortium, TransBaltic, Scandria and EastWest Transport Corridor II to mention a few.

These initiatives address different angles of the Green Corridor Concept and the goal with the collaboration is to share common knowledge and findings between the projects.

Modes of Transport Collaborate in Green Corridors

The government assignment for Green Corridors has several tasks: to increase co-operation between the various transport means and to stimulate an optimal utilisation of each transport mode. The flows of goods to and from the Nordic region are using all modes of transportation – water, air, rail and road – either separately or in combination. The ambition is to address transports from a holistic view and make them sustainable from all perspectives: economically, environmentally and socially.

This work is carried out in steps such as supporting innovation, ensuring that the results reaches those who can benefit from them and develop them further, to influence the decision makers and to move development forwards.

Developments in the Baltic region are monitored and encouraged through participation in the EU Baltic Strategy, as well as collaboration with other Green Corridor related projects both national and international.