Politics and influence
Green Cargo works daily to improve the terms and conditions for the transport-dependent industries.
Green Cargo is committed to the transport needs of trade and industry
It is our job to constantly develop and improve our own operations, and to leverage rail freight to provide our customers in the transport-dependent industries with the best possible conditions and political transport policies. For Green Cargo, it is about Sweden’s competitiveness through climate-smart, energy-efficient and high-capacity freight transportation.
Freight transportation must always be a competitive advantage for Sweden. Although certain goods cannot be transported by any other means than rail, other goods can utilize rail to a greater extent in parts of the transportation chain. At the same time, most freight transportation requires trucks in the first or last part of the transport chain. Therefore, it is important to highlight how shipping, rail traffic and road traffic complement and strengthen each other by collaborating on transport-efficient solutions.
Green Cargo continuously meets with stakeholders from society who are impacted by or influence rail in various ways. These may concern, for example, the business community, municipalities, regions, stakeholder organizations, authorities and national politicians, including beyond Sweden’s borders. Green Cargo also collaborates with other players in the transport sector such as terminal owners, ports, shipping companies and in particular, road carriers.
Examples of needs could be anything from municipal tracks, port connections and logistics facilities to investments in national routes and international connections. We conduct dialogs in various arenas such as Almedalen, logistics days, conferences, trade fairs and through our extensive geographical presence, from Trelleborg in the south to Kiruna in the north.
Currently, our most important issues are:
- The possibility of operating longer and heavier trains. The more goods we can load onto a freight train, the more cost-efficient the transport is for our customers, and the more efficiently we use the limited capacity of rail. This requires relatively small and low-cost infrastructure investments, but the returns are high for the money spent.
- The possibility of operating freight trains at a higher speed through updated brake-percentage tables. This creates the conditions for improved train paths and shorter lead times for freight transportation. It is an inexpensive and mostly administrative change that optimizes the efficiency of freight traffic.
- Better capacity allocation for freight trains. The current lack of capacity entails enormous additional costs both for freight operators and for goods owners. Dwell time and planned downtime due to a primary lack of capacity, have cost Green Cargo close to SEK 3 billion in the past decade alone.
Would you like to know more or do you have any questions?
Please contact our press manager.