Our most important initiatives
The Green Investment Hub
Clean, Green Economy
We are working towards positioning the STRING region as a competitive and innovative megaregion, which is internationally recognised as a Green Investment Hub and a leading entity in the future of sustainable infrastructure thinking.
The STRING region already has several strengths when it comes to selling and exporting solutions for green technologies. We are experts in wind energy in Northern Germany, bioenergy in Sweden, city planning in Denmark and electricity in Norway. With greater collaboration between regions and shared learning, STRING is working to develop best practices on green growth that will be an example to the world.
To position our region as a Green Investment Hub, STRING is working with different analysis and expert groups to develop a clear agenda and action plan for the green growth topic.
As the transport volume through the STRING region is only expected to grow, a coordinated strategy covering the entire STRING region is vital to develop sustainable transport solutions. These solutions must counter the long travel times and current inadequate transport infrastructure that is hampering further economic integration and investment. To achieve these inititatives, we are focusing our efforts on the following infrastructure areas.
Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link
The construction of a fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt remains one of our most important infrastructure initiatives. The project will dramatically improve connectivity in the STRING region as well as the whole Scandinavian and Mediterranean corridor, while also drastically reducing travel times. This will directly lead to investment, economic growth, and new job opportunities. Read more about Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link here.
Due to the lack of rail infrastructure an increased demand is being placed on the roads by cars and freight trucks around this geographical area, constituting a major environmental challenge. STRING is engaging with stakeholders at the local, regional and national levels to strengthen the railway networks and propose new solutions to countering the increasing road traffic. We work to put this on the national agenda in all of our member countries, and as an urgent topic to be addressed in Brussels.
Fixed Links across Öresund
The opening of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany in 2028, will increase the number of trains transporting goods and passengers between Scandinavia and Central Europe. More freight on rail supports the EU target of moving goods from road to rail. Sweden is planning for high-speed rail between Stockholm and Malmö with the potential to continue to Copenhagen Airport and to Hamburg via Fehmarn. This supports the EU target that all core airports has high speed rail connectivity. An increased volume of trains will challenge the capacity across the Öresund Fixed Link. This consequently causes a risk creating bottleneck issues for green, sustainable transport of goods and labour market mobility across the Öresund.
New cross-border connections like an Öresund Metro between the urban nodes Copenhagen and Malmö and a tunnel between Helsingborg and Helsingör are necessary to accommodate the increased demand for more capacity and better connectivity. STRING is engaging with stakeholders and governments to propose sustainable solutions and increase opportunities for business and the citizens of the region.
Mapping of bottlenecks
For our efforts to have maximum success, we also need to focus on eliminating all key bottlenecks in the Scandinavian and Mediterranean corridor between Hamburg and Oslo. STRING will analyse the stretch to pinpoint the bottlenecks creating the greatest problems and offering proposals on how to solve them. Each one will come with new challenges, but by not eliminating them, a reduction in journey times and a cut in carbon emissions will never be achieved.