The Transport group organised a meeting ahead of the ABM in Marstrand on 25 June. The meeting was attended by 20 persons from 12 member regions in six countries (SCO, BE, NL, DK, SE and NO) – including representatives of the NSC and CPMR Secretariat.

The meeting discussed a draft transport chapter for the new NSC strategy, and agreed on the involvement of group members in the further drafting process. Furthermore, the meeting heard updates on recent transport developments in the member regions, in terms of new strategies, infrastructure projects, roll-out of alternative fuels in buses and ferries, regulatory schemes, tolls and congestion charging, and involvement in EU projects. The final report on “Alternative Fuels in public transport and other transport services” was presented. The report shows that NSC member regions have high ambitions for decarbonising public transport and that the deployment of low-carbon & zero emission solutions are happening fast. The report will be distributed to relevant target groups in the EU and NSR, and be used as a basis for future policy positions and projects. The report will also be used as a basis for defining common objectives, timeframes and measures for the decarbonisation of public transport among NSC members, as well as a source of examples for the transport chapter of the new NSC strategy.

The meeting was updated on the survey on clean shipping practices in the NSR. More member are requested to answer this survey in order for it to provide a representative picture of the current state of affairs. The task holder also reported that there is increasing attention for clean shipping globally, and much is happening in the NSR in terms of deployment of environmentally-friendly technologies and practices. In conjunction with the meeting, the Adviser and the Task holder were interviewed by the Swedish state radio (SR) about the NSC efforts to reduce the emissions from cruise vessels through the call for international regulations on the installation of shore side equipment in the cruise industry, in line with an AMB resolution from 2017. The interview was published & broadcasted on 26 June, and can be read/heard here [in Scandinavian language only].

On 3 June, the Transport group submitted an input to CPMR’s messages for the EU consultation on the TEN-T revision. The input highlights the importance of strengthening territorial accessibility and to facilitate for a full decarbonisation of transport. The need to better take into account the accessibility requirements for fishing ports are also addressed. Furthermore, the input calls for increased support to maritime transport and Motorways of the Sea projects. Finally, the input proposes to add and upgrade the status of certain sections in Denmark, Sweden and Scotland. The meeting decided to submit a separate response to the TEN-T consultation in order to address issues which are not covered by the CPMR response and to highlight the NSR profile.