Russian and Finnish approaches and solutions to improve transport and environmental safety were presented to the participants of the Session in sharing experience

On February 11, within the framework of the Green InterTraffic project, the Russian-Finnish Session in sharing experience "Transport and Environmental Safety" was held. The event, organized by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Finnish Meteorological Institute, brought together representatives of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation (branch of the Automobile Transport Agency in the North-West Federal District), the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland, the FGI “North-West Road Management”, North-West Department of Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, the Russian and Finnish companies.

Ludmila Karelina, Project Leader, vice-president of the SPbCCI, made a welcoming speech, introduced the project partners, spoke about the progress of its implementation and the results achieved.

Harri Pietarila (Finnish Meteorological Institute) spoke about the current Russian-Finnish cooperation in the field of air quality research, road weather research and forecasting. "One of the keys to the success of our project was the fruitful cooperation between the public and private sectors," he stressed.

Svetlana Vorontzova (Transport Integration Ltd.) informed the participants about the priority areas of ensuring road safety and environmental safety on the system of federal highways in Russia. The speaker elaborated on the development of a new version of the Transport Strategy of the Russian Federation until 2035, which attaches great importance to the issues of ensuring transport and environmental safety.

Maija Rekola (Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland) spoke about the development of the Road Safety Strategy in Finland. It is expected that the work on it will be completed this year, and the Strategy will be in effect until 2026. The working groups are currently continuing to draw up their proposals. This spring, it is planned to pay special attention to the issues of automation, digitalization and cybersecurity.

Noomi Saarinen (Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland) presented the Roadmap aimed at the transition of transport to the use of non-fossil fuels. This strategy is currently being submitted for comment collection. It is assumed that its further implementation will take place in three stages. The first stage will support the introduction of zero-emission transport, the second will introduce additional measures and at the same time assess their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. At the third stage (from autumn 2021), decisions are expected to be made at the European level, including: offer of additional incentive tools.

Julia Warley (Vaisala) introduced the meeting participants to the Vaisala solutions for environmental and transport safety. Vaisala, founded in 1936, produces high-tech instruments for hydrometeorology, emergency weather monitoring and environmental protection. As part of the project, innovative AQT sensors produced by this company measured the air quality on the Russian and Finnish territories of the E18 St. Petersburg-Helsinki road.

Mark Vinogradov (IRAM) spoke about improving transport safety by improving meteorological support and demonstrated GIS tools developed during the project. "Within the framework of our project, we have shown that cross-border cooperation is possible. Therefore, it is necessary to make efforts so that the information resources of the subjects of the Russian Federation and neighboring countries are also combined, and the user can receive information on the entire route, and not just on a separate section," he said.

At the end of the Session, the participants asked the speakers questions.

Ekaterina Kuznetsova, project expert of the South-Eastern Finland-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Program, expressed her gratitude to the organizers and participants for holding the event with such a rich and interesting program.

All participants were invited to the Final Project Conference on March 25, 2021, the program of which will include a detailed presentations and discussion of the project achievements.

12 February 2021