In his opening speech, Clemens Bochynek (SGKV) pointed out that combined transport can only work when different actors are cooperating. Isolated solutions are in Mr. Bochynek’s point of view the wrong approach for developing the overall combined transport system. Cooperation and investments in the system have to be encouraged, even if this means failing at times.
In presentations and panel discussions, the invited experts identified climate change, digitalization and the lack of young and skilled personnel as the main challenges CT is facing in the future. While globalization is leading to ever larger container ships, climate change is responsible for longer periods of low water in inland waterways. In addition, there are storms or hacker attacks which require efficient and robust risk management to be able to react as quickly as possible to (imminent) critical situations. Nonetheless, climate change is a competitive advantage in the sense of strengthening sustainable transport systems and a major driving force for combined transport.
To address climate change, an internalization of the external costs of road transport is needed in favor of combined transport. CO2 pricing is a first step in this direction. It offers a lot of potential and must be communicated to customers in an understandable way. In terms digitalization, significant improvements in data transparency are a prerequisite for further increasing the efficiency of the supply chain. To achieve this, the entire industry must be more ambitious and set itself higher goals.
As in the previous year, the event was concluded with an innovation pitch, at which interesting applications of new technologies and corresponding business models were presented.