The chemical industry is an important economic sector in central Europe with 117 billion Euro turnover and 340.000 employees. Chemical companies are important logistic stakeholders responsible for 8 percent of freight transport. The main objective of ChemMultimodal is the promotion of multimodal transport of chemical goods. The project aims to achieve this by coordinating and facilitating cooperation between chemical companies, specialised logistics service providers (LSP), terminal operators and public authorities in chemical regions in central Europe.
Based on a detailed analysis of the needs for improving multimodal transport of chemical goods, the project will develop a toolbox to support chemical companies and
logistics service providers in their strategic and operational planning for increasing the share of multimodal transport. This toolbox will be tested in 6 pilots with 30 chemical companies in the partner countries to facilitate real modal shift. In these pilots it is the objective to increase multimodal transport by 10 percent and reduce CO2 footprint by 5 percent until the end of project duration. Furthermore, 6 training seminars will be implemented to teach usage of the tool to additional 120 companies. 1 common strategy and 7 regional action plans will be developed to continue and intensify activities after the project end.
On 7 to 8 March, the project partners met to discuss first results of the pilot phase in Bratislava. In the course of this meeting the project's mid-term review took place to assess project implementation.
Running under the slogan “Future wagonload traffic in Europe”, the 10th international conference on railway logistics took place in Hanover from the 17th to 18th of October 2017. The conference was organized by the Federal Association Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics e. V. (BME) and the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). More than 140 participants joined the congress.
Based on a detailed analysis of the needs for improving multimodal transport of chemical goods, the project will develop a toolbox that supports chemical companies and LSP in their strategic and operational planning for increasing the share of multimodal transport. This toolbox will be tested in 7 pilots with 30 chemical companies in the partner countries to facilitate real modal shift.
In these pilots it is the objective to increase multimodal transport by 10% and reduce CO2 footprint by 5% until the end of project duration. Furthermore 6 Training Seminars will be implemented to teach usage of the tool to additional 120 companies. 7 Regional Strategy and Action Plans will be developed to continue activities after the project end.
Toolbox Element 1
Consulting Service for chemical companies to improve multimodal transport serves as a moderating framework for hosting workshops, bilateral meetings while discussing the potential to shift unimodal transport to multimodal. The aim is to establish bilateral cooperation and to develop a database of contacts generated throughout the project.
Toolbox element 2
Planning Guidelines for increasing multimodal transport are established to capture necessary transport facts such as type, state of the product, volume, distances, differing national regulations, loading regulations and required number of transport units. This tool element serves as a quick guide to start conversation.
Toolbox element 3
The Intermodal Links Planner allows the visualisation of existing intermodal transport routes and provides information about frequency of departure, availability of Logistics Service Providers and terminal operators, arranged feed, delivery of transports to/from different terminals.
Toolbox element 4
The CO2 calculator was developed based on activity-based method. It allows to estimate chemical and logistics companies CO2 emissions from transport chain in an easy way. The value of CO2 emissions is approximate as it is based on average emission factors recommended by McKinnon.
Using pilot acitivities, ChemMultimodal wants to implement the developed toolbox to generate recommendations for increase of multimodal transport of chemical goods. On the basis of identified modal shift potential of several companies in cooperation with logistics service providers and terminal operators should be itensified to facilitate bundling of transports and establishment of new connections.
In autumn 2017, the project's pilot phase was launched. All partner regions and countries organised 7 kick-off workshops, during which chemical companies, logistics service providers, terminal operators and public authorities exchanged about their activities, services and future plans.