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.


New Länder joins the German project of longer vehicles

Date: 22 September, 2015

The German project of testing the use of longer trucks – up to 25.25 meters (EMS length), has this fall added two states in Germany. Both Baden-Württemberg and Nordrhein-Westphalen have joined the project. This is a further step in the right direction for Germany to transfer some of the goods transport from smaller to larger vehicles. This project has been pushed forward by the transport industry in Germany, with support from the existing government which regularly underlines its support for longer trucks.  


French and Polish hauliers share concerns

Date: 21 September, 2015

At a meeting in Paris representatives from the French hauler association FNTR met with representatives from the Polish hauler association ZMPD to discuss the challenges facing European road haulage. The meeting resulted in more agreement than disagreement.