Transfrigoroute International newsletter - December 2016
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In This Issue

  • Regulatory Update: European Commission Work Plan 2017, Social legislation, HFCs, NRMM
  • Internal Update: TI AGM 2016, New Executive Committee, TI's cooperation with IRU

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Secretary General's Editorial

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the December edition of the Frigoriscope – our last edition of 2016, before a highly deserved Christmas break.
This year has been marked by very important milestones for our sector. Important political developments have taken place, such as Brexit, the entry into force of the new NRMM Regulation and the EU strategy on reducing CO2 emissions from transport. Transfrigoroute International has also enhanced its cooperation with the IRU, a partner on which TI knows it can count.
Transfrigoroute International has also elected a new Executive Committee (see next article) to drive the association forward for the next three years. On that note, I wanted to wish all the best to two departing members of TI’s Executive Committee, Joe Grealy and Volker Knemeyer. Joe joined TI in the early nineteen eighties and, as the chairman of the CCT (TI’s technical body), he represented TI on important issues in Brussels, Geneva and further afield. Volker joined the Executive Committee of TI as its Treasurer at the Paris AGM, 13 years ago. Volker and Joe have both been two “pillars” of TI, and now fully deserve the right to rest! For Joe, however, his journey continues as he will remain Vice-President and active member of the CCT for the next years to come.
With its new leadership, TI is aware of the challenges but is also aware of the many different opportunities that will arise next year. We are already thinking internally of our key priorities for the next three years, and hope to be able to tell you a bit more about these next year!
In the meantime, and on behalf of Transfrigoroute International, I would like to wish you very pleasant Christmas holidays – See you all in 2017!

Russell Patten
Secretary General

Internal News

TI 2016 Annual General Meeting and Conference in London

Transfrigoroute International (TI) held its Annual General Meeting on 13th and 14th October in London under the theme ‘Keep Cool Drive Growth - The critical role of temperature controlled transport in the European supply chain’.

Hosted by the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) as well as Transfrigoroute UK and supported by the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA), TI's 2016 AGM gathered 150 professionals and high-level stakeholders from across the industrial, political and scientific spheres. Participants were able to hear different and complementary perspectives about the implications of Brexit for the refrigerated transport sector both at UK and EU level.

During his keynote speech, Lord Robin Teverson, Member of the House of Lords, and former Member of the European Parliament, also added that “a bumpy road lies ahead” but “no one can really know what implications Brexit will have on the industry”. Chris Sturman, CEO of the FSDF commented: “As a significant consumer, with 29% of our total food coming from our EU partners, we hope that rapprochement can be achieved without acrimony".

We take this opportunity to thank TI UK for hosting the AGM and wish them well in their continued efforts to support our sector.

The AGM in 2017 will be organised by Transfrigoroute Spain in Madrid. The 2018 AGM will be organised by Transfrigoroute France in May and Transfrigoroute Germany will organise the AGM in 2019.

For more information on speakers' interventions during the event, please click here.

New Executive Committee to drive the association forward

During TI's AGM in London, the association elected a new Executive Committee to drive the association forward during the next three years.
  • Willem Zonnevijlle (Mooy Logistics B.V.) as TI President
  • Didier Michel, (SA TRANSPORT F.MICHEL – Group TFM) as TI Vice-President and President of the FCI Board
  • André Stumpf (Carrier Transicold) as TI Vice-President and President of the CCT Management Committee
  • Eric Forestier (Groupe Petit Forestier) as TI Vice-President and Treasurer
  • Hubertus Kobernuss (Kobernuss Spedition & Logistics) as TI Vice-President
  • Carlos Donat (Transdonat SA) as TI Vice-President
  • Igor Skutil (HLM International s.r.o) as TI Vice-President

The new comers to the Executive Committee, A. Stumpf and H. Kobernuss thanked all members for their confidence and are delighted to start this new adventure within TI, especially in the current uncertain political and economic context faced by refrigerated transport in the EU.

Reinforcing ties bewteen TI and the IRU

On 5 October, Didier Michel, on behalf of TI, in his quality of President of the FCI Board, attended the International Road Union's (IRU) EU Goods Transport Liaison Committee, which reunites key stakeholders of the goods transport and logistics community in the European Union to discuss key policy challenges faced by the sector. 
  • The Committee has been concentrating over the past few months on European Regulations regarding the access to the profession and road haulage market, as well as the Eurovignette Directive, the European-wide tolling service. It has also been following developments in social legislation, the use of rented vehicles without drivers and on the European Commission's plans to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from heavy goods vehicles.
  • The IRU has also been following closely the migration crisis and is worried about the increase in violence suffered by transporters. In addition, the IRU has filed a complaint against Austria for the introduction of a sectoral circulation ban in the Tyrol region.  
  • For 2017, the IRU is set to concentrate on the European road policy initiatives, including a potential revision of transport rules and migration policy. The IRU will also work on the further introduction of alternatives fuels and on preparing transporters for the consequences of the UK's exit from the EU, while stressing the need for the freedom of movement of goods to continue to be guaranteed. 
The continued presence and participation of TI to the IRU's EU Goods Transport Liaison Committee meetings, through Didier Michel, will most certainly reinforce the collaboration between the two trade associations. 

         Policy Updates
European Commission Work Plan 2017

On 25 October, the European Commissions published its Work Plan for 2017 presenting key initiatives to address the EU’s 10 priorities, one of which is delivering on its Strategy on low-emission mobility presented in July. Initiatives relevant to the refrigerated road transport sector include:

  • The Review of the Eurovignette and European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) Directives for Q2 2017. The European Commission published its Inception Impact Assessment on 17 November.
  • The Review of Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 on access to the occupation of road transport operator and  to the international road haulage market expected in Q2 2017. The Inception Impact Assessment was published on 21 November.
  • The Revision of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, Directive 2002/15/EC and Directive 2006/22/EC in order to ensure a genuine level playing field for the road transport industry and adequate working conditions in order to enhance social legislation in road transport, planned for Q2 2017. The public consultation is still ongoing until 11 December 2016.
  • The Revision of Directive 2003/59/EC on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain vehicles for the carriage of goods and passengers expected in Q4 2016
Most of these initiatives will be included in the European Commission's "Road Package" expected in the first half of 2017. 

EU transport policy: what's relevant for temperature-controlled transport? 

1. CO2 emissions from HDVs - The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI), a partnership including the UN, the International Energy Agency and the International Council on Clean Transportation, published a report stating that the EU could reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 180 million tonnes by 2035 if it introduced fuel efficiency standards for HDVs soon, or other measures promoting the roll-out of new technologies like engine brake thermal efficiency.

2. HFCs - After several years of negotiations, on 15 October, an agreement was reached in Rwanda, on the global phase-down of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. Cuts in HFCs will start as of 2019 for article 2 countries (Developed Countries) and for developing countries, a first group (India, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq) have a baseline of 2024-2026 and a freeze date of 2028 and the remaining have a baseline of 2020-2022 and a freeze date of 2024.

3. NRMM - The Non-Road Mobile Machinery Regulation, which sets pollution limits for off-road engines was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 23 September and is set to come into force from 1 January 2017.

Upcoming meetings

  • 23-24 January 2017 : Meeting of the Executive Committee, FCI Board, Secretaries General and CCT Management Committee, Brussels.
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