Digitisation, the expansion of services, the growing volume of traffic and climate change pose challenges for the transport sector. At the same time, they also offer new business opportunities. Keeping up with the technological development and adoption of new sustainable business models requires a new kind of co-operation between various sectors.
In the transport-sector growth programme led by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the mitigation of climate change has been identified as a key driver for creating large growth market for solutions and services that reduce emissions. For example, a shift from owning vehicles to sustainable mobility services (Mobility as a Service, MaaS) and the automation of transport also promote the circular economy.
The measures of the growth programme are related to enabling legislation, proactive research, competence and ecosystems of innovative enterprises, market trials and pilots in cities, public procurement, the use of information and funding. The growth programme is being implemented between 2018 and 2022 as a collaboration between various organisations. The parties involved in the programme include the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, ITS Finland, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Cities of Espoo, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa, Business Finland, Sitra, Smart & Clean Foundation, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and the regional council of Häme.