The BGLC Final Conference was held at Folkets Hus in Umeå – European Capital of Culture, 2014. Day two started with a presentation by Demian Horst and Lorenzo Davali, both from Umeå Institute of Design – one of the most-high ranked educational institutes within this field in the world. Mr Horst talked about the school, the creative process and the life being a designer, while Mr Davali presented new transports solutions – but not by rails, roads or sea. Instead he is working on using existing techniques in a different kind of way, for example, daily life mini drones to help you get your groceries from the store.
Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten
The BGLC Strategy
However, Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor is an EU-funded project aiming to develop the existing and future Bothnian Corridor and its extensions into an efficient, reliable and environmentally-friendly transport link between north of Scandinavia and Europe. Today, final results and conclusions summarized in the BGLC Strategy, was presented by Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco/BGLC.
Increase in transports
Transport’s predicted to increase by 50 per cent by 2050 and better transport connections are crucial for the northern countries as well as EU. 90 per cent of all iron ore within Europe are produced in the north of Sweden and Finland. The two countries are also the the world’s second and third largest exporters of pulp, paper and sawn timber. In addition, the seafood industry in Norway is rapidly expanding with a continuous growth in export, especially to the Central and Eastern parts of Europe.
This increase in transports will stretch the existing transportation system to its limits. The need for efficient and environmentally friendly transport solutions is crucial for ensuring development within Scandinavia and Europe.
– BGLC has studied different fields of logistics which has resulted in a strategy for future work in developing the transport connections. We have focused on the Green Corridor Concepts, studies of regional economic factors, business models, pilots and last but not least – how to form a stakeholders forum, says Ms Edith Sorkina.
Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco
Ms Sorkina broadly presented the studies made within the project (reports, click here) and listed some of the future challenges, still to be solved, for example,
– quality and capacity
– strong differnces within the corridor
– infrastructure funding
– imbalances in flows
– east-west link
– many diversre stakeholders
– coast as a driving factor in transport decisions making
Variety of studies
A variety of studies has been made within the project, often in genuine co-operation with business stakeholders and industry. Several workshops in Sweden and Finland have also been held where partners and business representatives from all five countries have been invited.
– This co-operation – interviews, public consultations and workshops – has been very successful. The BGLC Strategy now represents the interest and views of both project partners as well as representatives from the industry and stakeholders from the logistic sectors and we have analyzed the situation both in short-term and in a long-term perspective ”, Ms Edith Sorkina said.
Click here to download the BGLC Strategy
Click here to download Ms Sorkina’s presentation
The Strategy in practise
BGLCs Final Conference then continued with a round table discussion lead by Ms Helena Kyster-Hansen, Senior Consultant at Tetraplan AS, who held a very interesting presentation during the conference. Helena Kyster Hansen had several questions based upon the BGLC Strategy which each of the participants where asked to share their opinion.
The panel represented both project partners and representatives from industry:
Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco, Tuula Untinen, Outokumpu, Helmut Adelsberger, former DG Move, Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten, Jerker Sjögren, Closer, Juani Tervala, Finnish Transport Agency, Pentii Hämälainen, Tampere Region, and Fredrik Öjdemark, Scandfibre.
Subjects discussed were prioritized focus areas for the future. All participants agreed on that the discussion and co-operation should continue. “We need to keep on the discussions and strengthen our network. The people are already here.”
The end – and beginning?
Mårten Edberg, Lead Partner Region Västerbotten invited all partners to a new meeting in the autumn. “This is a beginning of a new start”, he said, which was a perfect conclusion of the work done within the project.
Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco, Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager, BGLC and Fredrik Bärthel, Senior Consultant, BGLC
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