- EU Council Agrees on New CO2 Emission Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles
- Increase in European Road Freight Capacity
- Extension for Long Trucks in Germany
- UK Firm KNP Logistics Hit by Cyber Attack
- Sales Increase for German Trailer Producer Schmitz Cargobull
- Successful Completion of Project ANITA
- Decline in Inland Waterway Transport
I. EU Council Agrees on New CO2 Emission Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles
In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions in the road transport sector, the EU Council has reached an agreement on a proposal to update and strengthen the regulation on CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The new rules introduce the following targets:
- 45% emissions reduction from 2030 (increased from 30%)
- 65% emissions reduction from 2035
- 90% emissions reduction from 2040
Additionally, targets for trailers and semi-trailers have been set at 7.5%.
II. Increase in European Road Freight Capacity
According to the latest data from Transporeon, the European road freight capacity index increased by 9.4% in September 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. This marks the 15th consecutive month of year-on-year increase, indicating an upward trend in available capacity since May 2022.
III. Extension for Long Trucks in Germany
Long trucks in Germany have been granted an extension of three years, allowing companies to continue using them until the end of 2026.
IV. UK Firm KNP Logistics Hit by Cyber Attack
UK-based KNP Logistics Group has gone into administration following a major ransomware attack in June, resulting in the loss of 730 jobs. The attack underlines the potential existential threat of ransomware to businesses.
V. Sales Increase for German Trailer Producer Schmitz Cargobull
Despite challenging market conditions, Schmitz Cargobull reported an increase in sales by around 13% in the financial year 2022/2023, recording sales of 2.6 billion euros.
VI. Successful Completion of Project ANITA
The research project “Autonomous Innovation in Terminal Processes” (ANITA) has been successfully completed. The practical test of the autonomous prototype resulted in an efficiency gain of up to 40%.
VII. Decline in Inland Waterway Transport
Transport activity on the EU’s inland waterways hit a decade low in 2022, showing a substantial decrease of -10% compared to 2021.
As the industry continues to navigate through these changes, it is essential for stakeholders to stay informed and adapt to evolving market conditions.