What on the other hand needs to be a matter of debate is what action´s need, will and can be taken and by whom...
This will lead to the undisputable conclusion that the agreement and its impact now need to be transferred from being a political environmental issue to be turned into a transport policy issue.
The possibilities and consequences now need to be transferred and become an issue for the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications to handle.
However when the consequences hit the transport sector via the adaptation of the new regulations, e.g. change of fuels, ship technology, the need for new infrastructure, (possible) modal back-shift, etc., there is a major risk that the consequences for the transport sector will back-fire having a huge impact on the industries´ possibilities to be competitive on a global market.
There is a need for active support to industry sectors most affected by the directive, i.e. forest, chemical and steel industry, keeping in mind that Norway, Finland and Sweden are countries where domestic important companies have long transport routes to their main markets.
These industries are already today exposed to harsh competition from other countries and the IMO agreement will regardless what increase the transport costs on general basis.
There is a need for both investment grants and innovation support as well as for a time period other measures e.g. lower fairway charges, investment grants for LNG infrastructure, transport subsidies to ports in e.g. Bothnian Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, increased funding for R&D and innovation, etc.
Without active support, for some of the industries, the alternative might be to close down or invest somewhere else and this would be a domestic worst case scenario in many ways.
Another major threat is that decisions made and actions taken are not done in symbiosis between different transport modes (not looking at the whole picture) with modal back-shift as a result and that might jeopardize the whole idea with the new regulation.
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- Hans Dunder (subscriber of the report)
City of Sundsvall, Sweden
Phone +46-60-19 17 69,
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- Per-Åke Hultstedt (NECL II Project Manager)
County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, Sweden
Phone. +46 611-349000
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