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Long-Term Sustainability in Swedish Transports

Authors: Anders Brandén Klang

Abstract:

Sweden’s overall transport policy objective is to ensure the economically efficient and long-term sustainable provision of transport services for people and businesses throughout the country. In 2017 the government agency Transport Analysis proposed a set of 15 indicators for the purpose of annual follow-up of the objective. 10 of the indicators are regarded as key indicators of special importance and must show a positive development within the transport system if Sweden is to achieve the corresponding aspect of sustainability. Only then is Sweden approaching the overall objective. This study aims to describe how the annual follow-up is conducted and how it is perceived by political stakeholders. The objective is to get a good understanding of how the follow-up can best contribute to sustainable transport policy development. The methodologies used in this study are literature studies combined with questionnaires and interviews with relevant stakeholders within the government offices, Swedish parliament and national transport agencies. The research contributes to a concise definition of what constitutes a long-term sustainable provision of transport services. It improves the understanding of how sustainable development indicators can support political decisions and strategies.

Keywords: sustainable transport, sustainability indicators, transport policy, evaluation methods

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