Four main challenges for a greener and more sustainable transport corridor
No doubt about it. Transportation and travel through the corridor between the Öresund region and Hamburg will rise with the fixed Fehmarn Belt link in place in 2021. But who is to say it will be environmentally friendly?


Leif Gjesing Hansen, Ph.D. from Copenhagen Business School, is the Project Manager of EU Interreg project Green STRING Corridor, a cooperation of 12 partners from Denmark and Sweden.


His ambition is to address the main challenges for greener transportation in the corridor.

"The transport corridor is a reality. So our ambition is to make sure transportation in the corridor is sustainable". Here is a list of three main challenges which the project will be focusing on.


Challenge number 1:

Which businesses can deliver greener transport solutions?

"Our motto is: More transport - less traffic. Value lies in the transportation of goods. So let's cut out traffic", says Leif Gjesing Hansen.


As part of the project, researchers and consultants will try to answer the question: What are the transport clusters in the Öresund region and Hamburg harbour? How are the companies especially innovative regarding the environment? What importance do the clusters have for the business in the STRING geography?


Challenge number 2:

Can rail freight transport have a renaissance?

"There is a lot of discussion about rail transport across the Fehmarn Belt link as the link makes goods transport by rail faster, but still face severe challenges of cost and flexibiliyy. Our job is to find out what could convince businesses to choose rail over road transport and find examples of innovative intermodal transport solutions", says Leif.


Challenge number 3:

Can trains replace planes as means of business travel to and from Germany?

"An interesting question for the future is whether transport operators like DB, DSB or SJ will be able to offer business travel solutions that are efficient and attractive enough to compete with short distance flights between Copenhagen and Hamburg or Berlin?", asks Leif. "From an environmental perspective it is a very interesting perspective which could make a big difference in carbon emissions".




Green STRING Corridor will identify the conditions and challenges that a greener transport corridor between Öresund and Hamburg sets for companies' distribution and logistics strategies, cross-border planning among public authorities at local, regional and national level.


Green STRING Corridor is a coopera­tion of 12 partners from Denmark and Sweden.


The project is co-financed by the Interreg IVA Öresund Programme and is scheduled to run until late 2014.


The partners involved are:

• Region Zealand (Lead Partner)

• Region Scania

• Capital Region of Denmark

• City of Helsingborg

• Municipality of Lund

• City of Malmö

• Municipality of Copenhagen

• Municipality of Köge

• The Swedish Transport Administration

• Lund University

• Roskilde University