Sweden has a transport system of a high international standard, in terms of safety, cost-effectiveness, the environment and social impacts. Those are things that are of great benefit to us as a country. But high standards today are not enough. To meet the challenges we face, the sector needs to continue to develop. The Forum is actively helping to make that happen.
The transport sector is a complex system. No one stakeholder can solve the overarching problems on its own. Only when many different players share the same vision and have started to move in the same direction can we attain the goals that have been set.
The objectives of the Forum for Innovation in the Transport Sector are as simple and clear as they are difficult to meet. The most important one is to sever the link between transport activity and greenhouse gas emissions. Only when we succeed in doing that will we be able both to meet the environmental challenge and to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness.
The search for responses to these challenges involves dialogue and cooperation between all the different stakeholders in the country’s transport system. Together, we are developing joint strategies, launching projects and other development initiatives, and promoting dialogue and knowledge sharing. This also helps to strengthen Sweden’s position within the EU, in the areas of both policy development and research. In addition, we wish to drive progress on priority issues within our international networks. The Forum is thus playing an active part in developing products and services which will in turn help to make Sweden and Europe more competitive.
The Forum has identified ten tasks that need to be actively pursued if we are to attain the goal of a sustainable transport system. They are:
- Create a common set of goals for research and innovation in the area of transport.
- Work to establish clear roles and a clear focus in our areas of expertise, so as to strengthen the country’s research and innovation environments.
- Seek to increase collaboration across sector boundaries.
- Promote a cross-modal approach.
- Develop collaboration between the different stakeholders of the research and innovation system, to ensure that results are more rapidly put to practical use.
- Work for strong representation at the international level.
- Develop infrastructure and organisational arrangements for trial and demonstration areas.
- Promote innovation in regulations, legislation, standards and procurement.
- Safeguard a supply of knowledge and skills in the transport sector.
- Work to create innovative business models.