B2B LOCO conference

“Transport and logistics ICT solutions – from EU projects to business practice”

EVENT: Final B2B LOCO Conference

DATE: 27th of May, 2011

VENUE: Grand Hotel Metropol, Portoroz, Slovenia

B2B LOCO project is inviting you to participate in the second project’s conference dedicated to “Transport and logistics ICT solutions – from EU projects to business practice” to be held together with the “International Conference on Transport Science – ICTS 2011” organized by Slovenian Society for Transport Science.
The participants of the B2B LOCO conference will have the opportunity to:

  • familiarize with best practice solutions developed from EU projects in logistics and transport
  • learn how enterprises may benefit from European Projects
  • gain first-hand experiences on participation in EU projects and in Seventh Framework Programme

Official website of ICTS 2011


white paper 2011

Transport is a key element in generating economic progress through trade and labour forces mobility. Ensuring the distribution of goods throughout the single market from manufacturer or producer to end-user, transport contributes to the welfare of the EU and its citizens. For Europe, transport also represents an important sector of the economy, which is accounting for almost 10 percent of the EU’s gross domestic product (GDP), and employing 10 million Europeans. There has been a continuous growth in traffic in Europe, reflecting increased mobility levels, rising income levels, increased social and leisure time, and the abolishment of national barriers within Europe. In contrast to the positive effects of transport, the increase in mobility of persons and goods leads to a concern at a European level, where the European transport policy plays a pivotal role in achieving sustainable mobility in Europe.

An integrated transport policy at the European level dates back to the Community’s founding Treaty of Rome (1957), where the CTP was defined as one of the Community’s priority tasks. However, the progress towards the realisation of a CTP was slow. November 1993 marks a turning point in the evolution of the CTP, when the Treaty of Maastricht came into force. Coupled with the establishment of the European Economic Area, it provided a new basis for the Community to contribute to the establishment and development of transport infrastructure (Notteboom, 2000). From six members in the 1950s to 27 in 2007, the EU promotes an integrated CTP to regulate competitiveness, cohesion and environment. Figure below depicts the evolution of the European transport policy.

EU policy timeline
European transport policy timeline
Pekin, 2010

Section below is quoted from my PhD thesis. On March the 28th, the European Commission adopted a roadmap of 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade to build a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050. By 2050, key goals will include: No more conventionally-fuelled cars in cities. 40% use of sustainable low carbon fuels in aviation; at least 40% cut in shipping emissions. A 50% shift of medium distance intercity passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport. All of which will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.

From this document I would like to highlight the reference on freight & intermodal transport:

24. Freight shipments over short and medium distances (below some 300 km) will to a considerable extent remain on trucks. It is therefore important, besides encouraging alternative transport solutions (rail, waterborne transport), to improve truck efficiency, via the development and the uptake of new engines and cleaner fuels, the use of intelligent transport systems and further measures to enhance market mechanisms.

25. In longer distances, options for road decarbonisation are more limited, and freight multimodality has to become economically attractive for shippers. Efficient co-modality is needed. The EU needs specially developed freight corridors optimised in terms of energy use and emissions, minimising environmental impacts, but also   attractive for their reliability, limited congestion and low operating and administrative costs.

26. Rail, especially for freight, is sometimes seen as an unattractive mode. But examples in some Member States prove that it can offer quality service. The challenge is to ensure structural change to enable rail to compete effectively and take a significantly greater proportion of medium and long distance freight (and also passengers – see below). Considerable investment will be needed to expand or to upgrade the capacity of the rail network. New rolling stock with silent brakes and automatic couplings should gradually be introduced.

27. On the coasts, more and efficient entry points into European markets are needed,avoiding unnecessary traffic crossing Europe. Seaports have a major role as logistics centres and require efficient hinterland connections. Their development is vital to handle increased volumes of freight both by short sea shipping within the EU and with the rest of the world. Inland waterways, where unused potential exists, have to play an increasing role in particular in moving goods to the hinterland and in linking the European seas.

Under the “Ten Goals”, the European Commission is aiming to shift 30% of road freight over 300km to other modes by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050. This will be facilitated by efficient & green transport corridors. Infrastructure needs are mentioned under EU-wide multimodal TEN-T ‘core network’. By 2020, a framework for a European multimodal transport information, management and payment system will be established.

Going through the Strategy and the number of initiatives suggested I am not very optimistic about the future of European transport policy. I expected more concrete scheme and especially better linkages to other Community policies such as regional policies and the RTD.

You can download the White Paper 2011 here.

eu electric vehicles conference

Electric Vehicles 2011The European Electric Vehicles Conference

On the 26th May 2011, Forum Europe in cooperation with CEPS will organise a one day conference that will focus on the development of electric vehicles in Europe. The conference will address several fundamental questions, including:

  • Has a sufficient case been made for electric vehicles and what challenges lie ahead?
  • Will Europe deliver an infrastructure capable of facilitating the roll-out of electric vehicles?
  • How will the consumer experience be guaranteed and what options are available to incentivise electric vehicles?
  • Will Europe be left behind or could electric vehicles spell a technological step-change?
  • Will Electric Vehicles become a reality in Europe?

For more information and to register please go to www.e-vehicles2011.eu


Hinterport Business Conference

In the general infrastructure framework of any country, which should ensure the fluidity of the economic system by moving goods in import and export, ports and hinterland nodes are the “sensitive points” whose functional operation affects the efficiency of some key links in the supply chain.

In the whirlwind of globalization, the borders are reduced and the competitiveness of logistics is increasingly becoming a wider issue that requires strong policies of cooperation and integration that truly promote an approach to operate on a system and corridor logic.

The convenience to activate economies of scale and thus facilitate inevitable processes of concentration of markets has stimulated new processes of penetration into the hinterland calling attention to infrastructure such as freight villages, which can play a decisive role in accepting the goods flows and optimizing their restart to other markets.

The existence of an adequate rail network that branches off from the sea for the hinterland, the use of appropriate technological systems and tuning of all actors involved in logistics chains, become essential conditions without which it would be compromised the process of infrastructure integration.

Business conference

The Hinterport project brings together different types of players representing, on a high level, all components of the supply chain. You will have the chance to meet them in order to assess together business opportunities and mutual exchange of services. The match day could be for you the occasion to promote cooperation projects, to create new or strengthen existing commercial and operative dialogues.

If you are interested in this event, please complete the ON-LINE REGISTRATION FORM before next 26th February 2011.


fp7 call

FP7 Funded project.
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I am currently busy with establishing a consortium to prepare a project proposal for the following FP7 call:

TPT.2011.2-3. Modelling of co-modality quick-wins: Roadmap towards comodality

Content and scope

Current socio-economic trends and challenges in various fields (climate change, oil and energy, pollution and health, decongestion of transport, population ageing, etc.) call for accelerated uptake of technological advances in the transport industry. This relates to transports modes considered individually, but even more importantly, to technical achievements in the field of inter/co-modal integration, particularly between high capacity and usually long-distance modes (road, railways, air, waterborne) with local/urban modes.

In order to quickly unlock the value of technological advances, joint business drivers and synergies must be the force behind their adoption by all the stakeholders in the transport chains. The purpose of this activity is hence to analyse, identify and model, from economic, managerial, operational and technological viewpoints, specific opportunities for inter/co-modal transport, both for passengers and goods, that show evident unaddressed needs, value add opportunities, or new business models, based on R&D achievements as well as on the analysis of socio-economic trends.

The activity should identify the major thresholds for inter/co-modal transport and present
roadmaps to overcome these thresholds and that are endorsed by the different ETPs active in Transport. The roadmaps should point out and describe the required integration of R&D results and activities as well as policy options, so that the different stakeholders can materialize the identified quick-wins in concrete technology development and integration roadmaps and take the necessary actions to bring inter/co-modality further.

Expected impact

This research will contribute to new or improved services to customers (either passengers or SMEs and big enterprises) and to identify ways to improve transport efficiency, sustainability and costs.

Funding scheme: Collaborative Projects – small or medium-scale focused research projects; or Coordination and Support Actions aiming at supporting research activities

Note: Limits on the EU financial contribution apply. These are implemented strictly as formal eligibility criteria. You must refer to the call fiche for details of these limits

Open in call: FP7-TRANSPORT (TPT)-2011-RTD-1