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 final conference of the ChemMultimodal project took place in Magdeburg, Germany.
The focus of the event was on the presentation of the main project results. The project achievements and future actions to promote multimodality were discussed together with representatives from industry, science and politics.
On 7th March, the 3rd Policy Advisory Group meeting took place in Brussels. During the meeting, ChemMultimodal partners discussed their pilot phase experiences with Vice-President of the European Parliament, Prof. Bogusław Liberadzki. Furthermore, Raluca Bontea, representative of the Romanian European Council Presidency, informed the partnership about the current process of amending the Combined Transport Directive.
The partner Province of Novara held a regional stakeholder meeting at Palazzo Natta, headquarter of the province of Novara. Around 20 stakeholders from the chemical and logistic supply chain of Piedmont and Lombardy discussed the developed local action plan outlining future activities to further promote multimodality.
The President of the Province, Federico Binatti, and the Councilor delegated to the environment, Enrico Bertone, were also present.
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 services serve 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 etc. The planning guidelines serve as checklist and includes 29 questions which help to evaluate the feasibility of multimodal transport.
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 is useful for both, chemical companies and logistics Operators, and provides the one-click calculation of CO2 emissions of intermodal connections from the place of the origin to the cargo destination with possibility to define freight characteristics.
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 7 partner regions and countries organised kick-off workshops, during which chemical companies, logistics service providers, terminal operators and public authorities exchanged about their activities, services and future plans.
The pilot workshops and bilateral meetings with companies have led to an identification of a range of opportunities where multimodal transport is a beneficial solution. First results show that more than half of the partners already succeeded in encouraging companies to test the reoganisation of their chemical transports by shifting from 100% road transport to multimodal transport solutions. More tests of modal shifts on potential multimodal routes are still under evaluation.
These shifts could potentially lead to enormous savings in CO2 emissions.