The Government has resolved to create a national freight transport advisory council, tasked with contributing to efforts to promote efficient, high capacity and sustainable freight transportation, and with implementing the freight transport strategy. Green Cargo’s Chairman Jan Sundling has been asked to join the council.
“I hope the freight transport advisory council will help to strengthen collaboration between different modes of transport, to create efficient and competitive transportation to, from, and within Sweden. For us at Green Cargo, it is important that the environmental and climate-smart alternatives are favored. I will stress the need for political decisions that strengthen the competitiveness of rail or at least create competitive neutrality between the different modes of transport. Rail transportation is by far the most effective method to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation. And potential exists to considerably increase the quantity of freight carried by rail,” says Jan Sundling.
The national freight strategy aims to create conditions for efficient, high capacity and sustainable freight transportation and has been drawn up in dialogue with relevant stakeholders. It provides a concise overview of the current situation and clarifies the overall direction for the freight and logistics area.
“If Sweden is to remain competitive and meet the climate challenge, the transport sector must develop and all stakeholders must act together to find solutions. With the freight strategy as a starting point, the national advisory council will be an important tool for implementation,” says the Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth in a press release.
The following individuals have been appointed members of the national freight transport advisory council:
Chairman: Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth
Per-Olof Arnäs, Senior Lecturer, Chalmers
Ylva Arvidsson, Director Key Accounts, Passenger & Cargo, Swedavia
Svante Axelsson, National Coordinator, Fossil Free Sweden
Karolina Boholm, Director Transport, Swedish Forest Industries Federation, Member of the Swedish Shippers’ Council
Per Bondemark, Vice President, SSAB
Linda Borgenstam, CEO, Schenker Consulting
Mattias Dahl, CEO, the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises
Rikard Engström, CEO, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association
Gunilla Glasare, Head of the Growth and Community Development Division, SALAR
Richard Gegö, CEO, the Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies
Karolina Kjellgren, Head of Oceania Trade, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AB
Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, Ericsson
Marie Nilsson, Union Chairman, IF Metall
Ulrika Nilsson, CEO, Piteå Port & Hub
Jan Sundling, Chairman, Green Cargo
Therese Svanström, Head of Division, Unionen
Björn Westerberg, CEO, the Association of Swedish Train operators
Green Cargo runs 400 freight trains each day, which is equivalent to the capacity of approximately 10,000 truck transports. We serve 270 locations in Sweden and the major cities in Norway. In cooperation with other operators, we reach thousands of locations in Europe. Green Cargo is the only nation-wide freight transport company that meets the standards set by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation for freight transports (Bra Miljöval). Green Cargo is owned by the Swedish state. The Group has approximately 1,900 employees and annual revenue of SEK 4,3 billion (2017). www.greencargo.com