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Outlook: CO2 reduction in international freight transport

Much of the flow of goods in the Netherlands is international and responsible for a considerable part of the transport- and logistic-related CO2 emissions. In total, almost 1,800 million tonnes are transported per year to, from and through the Netherlands. No less than 62% of all this tonnage is transported within the Dutch borders, including hinterland transport to and from the sea and airports.

The prospects for action for far-reaching decarbonisation

The Paris climate agreement therefore poses a major challenge for this sector: international transport and logistics must become at least 6 times more efficient by 2050. This means that by 2050 CO2 emissions from international goods flows in the Netherlands must be reduced to virtually zero. Commissioned by the Top Sector Logistics, Connekt, TNO and CE Delft have identified what the sector can do to achieve this significant task. The Outlook is intended to inform stakeholders about opportunities for reducing CO2 emissions. TNO and CE Delft developed the Outlook with Connekt and tested it among a large number of stakeholders in the sector. Based on the first version of the Outlook, which is now ready, the scope and content will be further defined in the coming months, among other things by means of a consultation round with public authorities, companies and organisations from the logistics and energy sectors. This will help establish a subsequent version of the Outlook, in which the prospects for action for international logistics are further fleshed out.

Outlook on Hinterland and Continental Freight

This first Outlook on Hinterland and Continental Freight outlines the possible ways of reducing CO2 emissions for the hinterland and continental transport that takes place in the Netherlands: the so-called decarbonisation measures. By placing these measures over time, the possible routes (transition paths) to more efficient international transport and logistics can be identified. The transition paths have been drawn up for five sub-segments: dry bulk, liquid bulk, fresh, consumer products and semi-finished products. For each segment, it will become clear what is needed to achieve the objectives, and also where the biggest pain points will lie and what the influence is of the (major) uncertainties and possible unexpected developments (dark horses).

TNO's role

As with urban logistics, the challenges of meeting the Paris targets have now been identified for another large transport segment. The large amount of knowledge that TNO and CE Delft have in this field forms a solid basis for determining the possibilities for decarbonisation for government and industry. The integrated approach allows policy measures to be substantiated and prioritised as well as helps the Top Sector Logistics to achieve its sustainability objectives.

Outlook 2018 can be downloaded via the Topsector Logistiek Website (Dutch only)

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