Finland is planning to build a carbon-neutral motorway, placing filling stations for electric cars and cars on biofuel, then the so-called smart lighting systems and facilities for the production of clean energy along the route. Injunctions on the European highway E18, which connects the capital of Finland Helsinki with Vaalimaa near the Russian border, where the EU is the primary customs and border crossing with Russia, could become the world’s first green highway.
Loviisa Municipality is currently undertaking
a feasibility study of the project. Its first phase began earlier
this year, and initial work was presented at a public forum in August.
The project goes beyond the
highway and will be undertaken to test the government’s model for
“sustainable development corridorsâ€ integrating economic development,
transport and the environment.
The idea is to involve the
local economy in the project through the local production of ethanol from waste
and other resources along the route. Solar and wind energy will fill the cars and
road infrastructure. Smart lighting systems and pumps for geothermal heating are also
The project aims to support the
development and use of intelligent technology to encourage smarter and safer
traffic and transport. However, the road will also have elements of traditional
petrol and diesel pumps for filling.
The signatories involved in the
project are the leading energy company Neste Oil and Fortum , the cities of Loviisa, Porvoo and Hamina along the route and Enste , technology companies.
The preparatory phase will last
until April 2011. The implementation of the ambitious project, with costs estimated
at 700 million Euros, can begin in April 2011 and by completed by 2016.
Project managers plan to apply
for aid through the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) initiative.