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NLA puts focus on the Nordic road to decarbonisation for road freight transport

Date: 01 March, 2017

Opening the seminar of NLA on decarbonising road freight transport in the Nordics, Mr Erik Østergaard (President of NLA) stated that we are concerned about the share that we as Nordic road transport sector is expected to deliver and we are concerned about the tools and methods we will have available – or not available - to reach these goals. “The Nordic countries have several common characteristics, which differ from other parts of Europe. The countries are sparsely populated in huge parts of the area, have well developed infrastructure for both road and rail, as well as maritime and aviation transport, have access to significant ressources within agriculture and forestry and have both high-technology industry and more traditional industry with different transport needs,” stated Mr Østergaard.

For the Nordic countries, this makes sustainable biofuels and longer and heavier trucks key to meeting the targeted reductions. Yet, these two measures are the subjects EU does not like to talk about. In particular the point was made that getting biofuels right is possible - even for so called first generation biofuels. Sustainable biofuels are being produced today as a serious product, not just a niche production. It was also emphasised that biofuels are necessary as a contribution to reducing CO2 in order to reach the targets set by the Paris Agreement.

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Lack of secure parking lots affects the drivers welfare

Parking lots around Europe closed due to organized criminality and lack of secure parking's are affecting the drivers welfare. NLA participated on a workshop dealing with organized criminality and secure parking lots with other stakeholders from European Commission, national road agencies, hauliers, police, border force and secure parking organisations. The purpose was to exchange experiences and improve the situation for all concerned by this matter. What kind of measures can be taken in order to improve the situation?    

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Nine countries signed up to a “Road Alliance”

Date: 01 February, 2017

At the invitation of Alain Vidalies, the French Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries, ministers from Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Norway met in Paris on Tuesday (January 31st) to jointly launch a “Road Alliance”. The nine signing countries will jointly cope with unfair competition based on social dumping in the road haulage sector.

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Will we reach our climate ambitions for global CO2 reduction in the transport sector?

Date: 31 January, 2017

Despite changing behavior and important technological progresses, the CO2 emissions from transport could increase with 60% on a global level by 2050. For road transport, the CO2 emissions will probably double according to a study done by ITF (International Transport Forum). Today's measures and policies will not be enough in order to achieve our climate ambitions on a global scale.

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