02 September 2022


The CLECAT Sustainable Logistics Institute met on 30 August to exchange views on the latest developments regarding sustainability policies affecting transport and logistics at national and EU level. Members discussed the revision of the CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles, the future EU framework for calculating and reporting transport and logistics emissions, and the political developments related to the Fit for 55 Package.

Members held an exchange of views with Mr Klaus Steininger, Senior Expert in DG CLIMA, on the upcoming revision of the CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Members had the opportunity to ask questions and raised their concerns about the policy options currently assessed by the European Commission before the adoption of a proposal expected at the end of 2022/early 2023.

Members were briefed on the public consultation on “CountEmissions EU”, the new initiative aimed at providing an EU framework for calculating transport and logistics-related door-to door greenhouse gas emissions in a consistent way, regardless of transport mode, sector or country of operation. As mentioned in its response to the call for evidence in December 2021, CLECAT supports the objectives of the initiative, in particular the establishment of a level playing field for GHG emissions accounting in the transport and logistics sectors – based on global reference methodology – to facilitate behaviour change. The Secretariat is currently drafting a response to the public consultation which will be accompanied by a position paper detailing forwarders' view on the initiative.

Finally, members received an update on the policy development related to the Fit for 55 Package. As many transport-related files such as the Emissions Trading Scheme for road or are entering into interinstitutional negotiations, it remains important for CLECAT to make sure freight forwarders’ position is heard by policymakers to ensure a fair and sound transition towards fully decarbonised supply chains.