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EUROPEAN LOGISTICS SUMMIT 2013

The Alliance for European Logistics (AEL), hosted the 6th European Logistics Summit in Brussels on Wednesday, 27 November 2013.

Boosting logistics by cutting red tape and standardising environmental footprint measurement

The annual European Logistics Summit is by now a well-established tradition, bringing together policy-makers, politicians and industry to discuss the state of logistics as a sector in Europe. This year, the Summit took place as the Commission’s High-Level Group for Logistics is wrapping up its work, and the preparations for a 2014 EU Action Plan on Logistics are ongoing. Alongside a wide European strategy for logistics, there are also a couple of “quick wins” which have the potential of boosting logistics’ efficiency and competitiveness in Europe. These were the subjects of our panel discussions on the day.

 

Cutting red tape in the transport and logistics business

The Summit addressed, in its first session, key areas and possible regulatory actions for the reduction of red tape in transport and logistics, such as customs facilitation, access restrictions, and other administrative burdens.

What actions can policymakers and businesses take for a more efficient logistics sector? How will EU policies, such as the newly agreed Union Customs Code or the recently published Blue Belt initiative, contribute? What are the recommendations from high-level EU officials, MEPs, and other stakeholders, such as national customs authorities and business leaders?

 

Environmental carbon reporting standards for the logistics sector

The second session was dedicated to the need for common criteria in the field of carbon reporting and for measuring the environmental footprint of products and organisations. Without a standardised system, environmental performance (and any improvement and viable comparisons) remains difficult to measure.

Who should be driving this process and providing the methodology for calculation, benchmarking etc.? Are global standards feasible and desirable?

HIGHLIGHTS PHOTOS

WE MOVE EUROPE

14h00 Opening 

 

14h30 Session 1: Cutting red tape in the transport and logistics business 

This panel would focus on key areas and possible regulatory actions for the reduction of red tape in transport and logistics, such as customs facilitation, access restrictions and other administrative burdens. What actions can policymakers and business take for a more efficient logistics sector? How will EU policies, such as the newly agreed Union Customs Code or the recently published Blue Belt initiative, contribute? What are the recommendations for ongoing and future trade negotiations?

15h45 Coffee break

 

16h00 Session 2: Environmental carbon reporting standards for the logistics sector

This panel focused on the need for common criteria in the field of carbon reporting, especially in the context of the Commission Communication on Building the Single Market for Green Products and facilitating better information on the environmental performance of products and organisations. Who should be driving this process, providing the methodology for calculation, benchmarking etc.? Are global standards feasible and desirable?

 

17h15 Keynote speech

  • Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment

 

17h40 AEL recommendations 

 

17h45 Cocktail reception