EU states demand for truck CO2 emission targets
Many industries have been trying to operate more sustainably. Last month, targets were set for the shipping industry to significantly reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. On Monday, it was revealed that there are currently no CO2 emission targets in the EU for heavy-duty trucks, which account for a quarter of the emissions released by road transport. So, five European countries are demanding for these targets to be taken into consideration before the European Commission releases a proposal later this month. Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, four of the five countries involved, want a CO2 reduction target of around 25% for 2025 and for this to be increased to 35-45% for 2030. But, the auto industry believes that a more realistic reduction rate would be 16% between 2019 and 2030.
The European Commission will provide suggestions for the EU’s first CO2 standards on May 16 and this will then be approved by national governments and the European Parliament. A short-term target will be set for 2025 and then a stricter one for 2030. Moreover, a review clause will be implemented for the progress to be assessed and then a final target for 2030 will be determined accordingly.
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A new rail service between China and Europe
On Tuesday, third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson announced the launch of its new rail freight service connecting China and Europe. As a result of the new service, nine terminals in China will be linked to eight European city destinations. This rail service adds to the company’s existing air and ocean services providing customers with flexibility. It is highly suitable for companies that need to transport freight at a faster speed than ocean transit times and considerably cheaper than air transportation.
It takes 18-20 days for the cargo to travel from a Chinese station before arriving at its final destination in one of the European cities, such as Hamburg, Milan, Paris and Barking in the UK. The third party logistics company has appointed the Chinese terminal Chongqing as the national booking center so they can optimize resources with the help of freight train companies. As a result, the service level can be improved. With this new convenient rail service, customers will benefit from more choice, competitive pricing and an outstanding service.
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New platooning system to be launched at the end of 2018
This week, vehicle technology company and platooning developer Peloton Technology revealed that its two-truck platooning system will be in regular operation by the end of this year. At the moment, it is in the final stages of perfecting the integration of the software on its customers’ trucks. The company has already signed numerous fleets and is currently in negotiations with some fleets that are considered to be the largest for-hire carriers in North America.
For the platooning system to be successful in an industrial setting, Peloton Technology must work with manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers, such as Bendix who supply braking components and engine maker Cummins, which install the components in the trucks so the software can be integrated with the most recent version of their software. All the operational information goes into the cloud and makes it easier to connect the platooning software and other telematics programs that manage the scheduling. As this technology gets increasingly implemented, more systems may want to link their back-office system to the platooning system to share data. Peloton Technology places several antennas in the trucks’ rearview mirrors to increase the amount of data collected along with video sharing.
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