Mistra SAMS at Almedalen

Published Jul 12, 2017

A discussion about new services for sustainable accessibility and mobility in the Stockholm region drew a large audience Monday at Almedalsveckan. The panel was comprised of Daniel Helldén (MP), Gustav Hemming (C), Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist and Charlotte Wäreborn Schultz.

The question put to the panel was: How can digitalisation and new mobility services make Stockholm a world leader in climate transition?

From that question discussion ranged across topics from political frameworks to make services feasible, via autonomous vehicles, to the importance of making Stockholmians give up their car-habit. Charlotte Wäreborn Schultz from the Swedish Transport Administration called for strong political leadership and a need to quickly find inspiring examples of services to show the public. Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist from traffic consultancy firm Trivector warned against too much techno-optimism. Meanwhile, the two politicians in the panel, from different sides of the Swedish political divide, were in agreement for most of the discussion on the need for services to let Stockholm grow without an increase in traffic.

The panel discussion was lead by Mistra SAMS programme manager Jonas Åkerman who was pleased with the interest shown by the invited politicians:

– It's clear, after this debate, that our decision-makers are very keen to get input from the research community. That is encouraging for Mistra SAMS in our aim to promote policies for sustainable mobility and accessibility that are based on solid research!

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