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UIRR Advocates for All-Inclusive Emission Tracking in European Freight

UIRR Advocates for All-Inclusive Emission Tracking in European Freight
photo: RAILTARGET Archive/UIRR Advocates for All-Inclusive Emission Tracking in European Freight
25 / 10 / 2023

The Commission’s proposal for a new CountEmissionEU Regulation, published as part of the Greening Freight Transport Package (GFTP), is greeted by UIRR as a powerful decision-making aid. The UIRR position paper published yesterday takes stock of the merits of the proposal and suggests some improvements to it.

In view of the Electronic Freight Transport Information Regulation (eFTI) and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), as well as the publicly accessible, easy-to-use, and free EcoTransit calculator, two provisions of the proposal should be rejected by the legislator:

  1. The “voluntary opt-in” possibility, and
  2. The exclusion of small and medium size actors (SMEs).

CountEmissionEU should be mandatory for all transport chains. Most long-distance door-to-door transports have a Combined Transport alternative with far superior energy efficiency and well-to-wheel CO2 profiles than if performed by a single truck.

“The effectiveness of door-to-door Combined Transport in terms of energy efficiency and carbon footprint should be made transparent through a mandatory and all-inclusive application of the CountEmissionEU Regulation,” pointed out UIRR President Ralf-Charley Schultze.

SMEs must report their carbon footprint under the CSRD in case they act as a subcontractor of a larger economic actor obliged to report under the CSRD, which is the dominant case in Europe already today.  Moreover, the EcoTransit calculator is ISO14083 compliant and free to use. Once the eFTI Regulation is in effect – from 2025 – the EcoTransit calculation will be possible using the digital eFTI data record that will accompany every freight transport movement. This will eliminate any threat of an “additional administrative burden” as the calculation will be an automatic algorithm.

Similarly to labeling the energy and resource efficiency of electronic appliances, UIRR proposes labeling the GHG of transport chains based on their well-to-wheel climate gas emission performance calculated by CountEmissionEU.  Such labels could be an effective tool for consumers to express their preferences and thereby orient the decisions of shippers and consignors.

Source: UIRR Press Release