Transport and emission trading system

Date: 19 October, 2015

On October 13, 2015 NLA participated in a workshop on the European Emissions Trading System, (ETS) organized by CER, the organization for European railway operators.

Transport is today excluded from ETS. One reason is the relatively more costly reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the transport sector compared to for instance heavy industry. Transport is instead included in the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), which establishes binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States.

“Road transport is prepared to pay its share of external costs, but it needs to be a complete analysis” comments Soren H Larsen, CEO of NLA. “Road transport is already paying a lot in charges and taxes, not least fuel taxes at the pump. These contributions must be taken into account when assessing contributions to paying for CO2. Furthermore, alternatives need to be available. A lot is happening on alternative fuels, but the ambitions still seem to be low and the lack of a harmonized solution still makes the choice of technology a difficult decision for an operator”.


Social Dimension in Road Transport in European Parliament

Date: 15 October, 2015

The European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) had organised a meeting on the social dimension in the road transport sector on Tuesday October 12, 2015 in the European Parliament.  Members of the Transport Committee  in the European Parliament and other stakeholders, including NLA, participated to discuss in particular ETF’s ideas on better enforcement. Nordic Logistics Association share many of ETFs opinions according to social dimension in the road transport sector and fully support a concept for better enforcement.


Obstacles to energy efficiency

Date: 13 October, 2015

Sweco, a Swedish consultancy firm has had a look at how to increase energy efficiency in Swedish goods transport. Findings include that the most important obstacles to energy efficiency are lack of stable policies, limited rationality and asymmetric information for the involved parties.

Of these, the lack of stability of the relevant policy is the most severe obstacle to energy efficiency in transports. Unpredictability in how taxes and policy instruments will evolve over time, as well as sudden changes in policy, make it difficult to plan business accordingly. The industry may seem slow to adapt to changes in legislation, but in reality the problem can actually be ascribed to poor information from the government.


As united as ever for the future

It was agreements and mutual support that was on the agenda for todays annual meeting of Nordic Logistics Association.

The four biggest road transport and logistics associations of the Nordic countries held detailed discussions September 29, 2015, on the issues of most importance for road transport and logistics operators in the north. High on the agenda was of course discussions on the awaited Labour Mobility Package and the Road Transport Package from the European Commission, which will contribute to shape the future framework for all road transport operations in the coming years in the EU.