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.
The ChemMultimodal project aims to promote the multimodal transport of chemical goods in Central Europe. Regional authorities, chemical industry associations and scientific institutions from seven regions in Central and Eastern Europe are working together to improve safety and environmental protection of chemical transports on the one side but also to ensure competitive and economic feasible solutions.
The project partners want to support chemical companies and logistics service providers in their ambitions to shift transports from road to multimodal. The chemical industry is an important stakeholder in the transport sector and user of multimodal transport. The transport of hazardous goods is also connected to special requirements, which creates additional burdens.
The European Union has defined targets for the increase of multimodal transport in the upcoming years. Actions to reduce CO2 footprint have a high political priority at global, European and national levels. Multimodal transport is often cross-border transport – therefore harmonisation challenges are very important to ensure sound framework conditions. Nevertheless, the reality shows insufficient progress for the modal shift, caused by infrastructure bottlenecks or high competition from road transport.
The first Policy Advisory Group Meeting should give the opportunity to present first results of the ChemMultimodal Project and discuss with representatives from the European Union and interest representations to show opportunities and barriers for multimodal transport in the chemical sector in Europe.
We invite interested stakeholders to join this discussion and contribute to our objectives.
9.30 - 10.45 Challenges of European Transport Policy for Promotion of Multimodal Transport
Dr. Jürgen Ude, Secretary of State Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitalisation Saxony-Anhalt
Transport Policy – Decision Making Process in the European Union
Dr. Alexander Vogt, Transport Advisor, European Parliament
Current Policy Developments for promotion of multimodal logistics at European Level
Astrid Schlewing, European Commission, DG for Mobility and Transport
Introduction to Strategy Development of the ChemMultimodal Project
Andreas Fiedler, isw Institute for Structural Policy and Economic Development
10.45 - 11.15 Coffe Break
11.15 – 12.30 European Transport Policy from Stakeholder Perspective European Transport Policy and Multimodal Transport – Requirements from the European Chemical Industry
Jos Verlinden, Cefic
Chances and Barriers for Multimodal Transport in the European Union
Akos Ersek, Chief Policy Advisor, International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)
Promotion of Multimodal Transport in Europe – Contribution from the Railway and Infrastructure Companies
Dr. Libor Lochman, Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
Multimodal Transport and Road Transport in Europe: Competition vs. Cooperation
Marc Bielliet, Head of EU Goods Transport, International Road Transport Union (IRU)
12.30 – 13.30 Buffet
Please register with the help of Google Form until 2 June 2017 here.
After a little more than a quarter of its lifetime has lapsed, the transnational ChemMultimodal project invited stakeholders from the chemical industry and the logistics sector to a dissemination conference to share its achieved learning and to get input for upcoming activities. The event took place in Ústí nad Labem on 19 April 2017. Among the about 60 participants there were public administrations and business representatives, young students as well as experienced experts, locals and international guests.
The first session of the conference was used for welcomes and an introduction of the project. The hosting ChemMultimodal partner, Ústí Region, is home to both a significant share of the Czech Republic's chemical industry and one of the country's most important intermodal hub, the Port of Lovosice. Given the territory's morphology and the high share of protected areas, the Governor of the region, Oldřich Bubeníček, regards the promotion of multi-modal transport as an important cornerstone for the local chemical industry's future competitiveness. The representatives from Saxony-Anhalt, Olaf Kreutzmann (Ministry for Regional Development and Transport) and Andreas Fiedler (Institute for Structural Policy and Economic Development) highlighted the benefits of a shift towards rail in the modal split for the transport of raw materials and products of the chemical industry. Despite that rail freight transport is producing less CO2 emissions and its unchallenged safety record, about 90 % of the cargo transported in Central Europe is carried on the road. Main reasons of the high share of road transport are its flexibility for today's warehouse on wheels concepts and bottlenecks in the rail freight network. Nadine Moritz from the University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria reminded the audience that especially for longer distances and larger amounts of cargo there are clear economic benefits from multi-modal transport combining the advantages of road and rail transport within (Central) Europe. More awareness raising for the opportunities and added value will however be necessary - a challenge the ChemMultimodal consortium is addressing.
In the following session, representatives from providers of logistic services showed how they have incorporated multi-modal solutions in their business portfolios. METRANS is operating about 270 trains per week, moving 13,000 tons of chemical products each month. It focuses on the transport of standardised containers which can easily be loaded on a train between cargo terminals and major inter-modal hubs (sea ports). For BOHEMIAKOMBI, the combination of road and rail transport is part of its business philosophie. It cooperates with different rail operators to handle cargo mainly through the inter-modal terminal at Lovosice near Ústí nad Labem. In turn, the Ostrava-Paskov terminal is home to most of AWT Ostrava's operations. The company focuses on cargo transport between Italian ports and Central and Eastern Europe. All modes of cargo transport are used by Unipetrol RPA, a leading producer of synthetic rubber. Rail freight transport's main advantages are here seen in shipping larger amounts of produce for longer distances, especially oversea exports. Other cargo transport stakeholders speaking in the afternoon, including representatives of DB Schenker, the Port of Antwerp, and Ewals Cargo Care, highlighted that road transport will remain important but better interoperationality between different modes of freight transport could lead to a win-win-situation. As reliable drivers for cargo trucks are already scarce in Europe and the demand for transport solutions with a smaller carbon footprint is growing, inter-modal solutions such as a "huckepack" trailer that can either be pulled by a truck or loaded to a rail waggon could be part of the solution.
In the final debate, the benefits and limits of multimodal and inter-modal freight transport were discussed. Especially for hazardous materials, the limited capacities for storage at rail cargo terminals represent a bottleneck, leading to most dangerous goods being transported by less saver trucks. Participants however agreed that customers from chemical industry will have to focus their transport decisions on cost optimisation. Hence, public actors such as the hosting Ústí Region are more in the role of a mediator, however being able to promote investments to reduce existing bottlenecks for rail freight transport.
We are pleased to announce that the official kick-off- meeting on the project ChemMultimodal took place in Magdeburg on 30 June 2016. ChemMultimodal has a strong consortium including partners from Saxony-Anhalt and from six other member states. These partners are from Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic and Poland. The main aim is to promote the multimodal transport of chemical goods by coordination and facilitation of cooperation between chemical compani...es, specialised logistics service providers, terminal operators and public authorities in chemical regions in Central Europe. The budget for the 3 years of project duration amounts to 2.393.000 Euro.
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.