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    EIRAC: Visions of the intermodal transport: bottlenecks and research needs 2007-2020

    Carmine G. Biancardi Technical Secretariat of EIRAC

    METTLE Le Carat 200, rue du Vallon

    06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis France Tel.: +33 (0)4 93 00 03 39

    biancardi@mettle.org

    Abstract - On May 3rd, 2005, the Intermodal transport sector have established the EIRAC (European Intermodal Research Advisory Council). EIRAC is composed of more than 50 key players from large intermodal businesses: CEOs and Managing Directors with decision-making capability from all over Europe. EIRACs initial mission is to determine the vision, scope and content of the Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda 2020 as an important step towards the creation of a co-ordinated intermodal research strategy for Europe.

    I. THE EUROPEAN INTERMODAL RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL

    The European Intermodal Research Advisory Council (EIRAC), composed of more than 50 key players from large intermodal businesses, was launched at a high-level round table meeting in Brussels in May 2005.

    CEOs and Managing Directors with decision-making capability from all over Europe have created this advisory body to the European Commission. EIRAC has a balance of major stakeholders from all sectors of the intermodal industry: intermodal rail and road operators, terminal operators, logistic freight integrators, short sea shipping operators, ports, terminal handling, freight villages, and ICT equipment suppliers .A few selected academics have also been invited.

    EIRACs mission is to determine the vision, scope and content of the Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda 2020 as an important step towards the creation of a co-ordinated intermodal research strategy for Europe.

    EIRAC focuses on achieving interoperability between modes with a view to the creation of a single European

    logistic system in line with the objectives set out in the White Paper on Common Transport Policy. Following on from the strategy EIRAC has also established a business scenario for implementation. II. THE STRATEGIC INTERMODAL RESEARCH AGENDA 2020 AND THE BUSINESS SCENARIO

    EIRAC has produced the Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda 2020 (SIRA) [1]. The agenda identifies key research drivers which will place intermodality at the core of the European Transport system.

    The SIRA is an initial document, which has been developed taking advantage of the contributions proposed by other players in the intermodal industry.

    The SIRA is based on the Intermodal Industrys to enable Europe to cope with growth, to lower the burden on the environment, and to enhance the competitiveness of the European Union. If the capacity of intermodal transport will

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    not increase sufficiently, these three objectives will not be achieved.

    This vision is accompanied, in the SIRA, by the definition of a Business Scenario in 2020, which reveals the EIRAC ambition to provide a seamless, reliable, available, accessible, as well as secure, sustainable, accountable, affordable, and transparent European Intermodal Transport System.

    The intermodal industry faces specific challenges of interoperability, logistics, security, socio-economics and education. The SIRA addresses all these challenges. The goal is to develop intermodal transport as an important part of the sustainable transport system. Intermodal transport then becomes a high quality service, which is seamless, reliable, available, accessible, secure, sustainable, accountable, and affordable.

    The SIRA has been developed by the European Intermodal Advisory Council (EIRAC), an initiative of the European Intermodal industry, the European Commission and the EU member states. It includes reference to research for private stakeholders in the industry as well as joint research.

    Through the Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda, the EIRAC clearly lays down the challenge for all stakeholders involved in the intermodal industry, whether they are industry, service providers, universities, member states, or the European Commission. This requires not only financial commitment, but also investment in human resources. III. THE EIRAC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN 2020

    This EIRAC Implementation Plan 2020 [2] describes the European intermodal industry's programme for innovation and change to meet the freight transport

    challenges of the future. The objectives are to make Europe more competitive in the global economy, to be able to cope with increasing freight volumes over the coming decades, and to achieve more sustainable cargo movement along the European transport system. A readiness to break away from traditional practices and to create new ways of doing business together is at the heart of this initiative.

    This intermodal implementation plan goes beyond a mere research agenda as it also acknowledges the need to pursue changes that are not dependent on further research. It tackles the socio-economic issues, i.e. the management of change at operational and at management levels, and it tackles the issue of education and training to make the intermodal transport sector a more dynamic and attractive one in which to work.

    This plan provides the basis on which the intermodal transport industry, national transport authorities, and European authorities may act together to implement the Vision and the Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda (SIRA) as formulated by the EIRAC in December 2005.

    The Implementation Plan is based both on Key Research topics and Key Non-research topics. Timing, funding mechanisms, and management are the key to successful implementation of the proposed changes. For the funding and budget mechanism, both EU and National support is necessary. REFERENCES

    [1] EIRAC, Strategic Intermodal

    Research Agenda 2020, December 2005

    [2] EIRAC, Implementation Plan 2020, Realisation of Improvements, December 20052

  • Visions of the multimodal transport: bottlenecks and research needs 2007-2020

    Implementation plan of EIRACEuropean Intermodal Research

    Advisory Council

    Carmine G. Biancardi, Director of METTLE, EIRAC secretariat

    ITS-T June 6th, 2007

  • Landscape up to 2020

    The European intermodal transport system will account for likely 40% of the movement of goods.

    No single mode can handle the volumes on its own anymore.

    Kyoto will be driving to more sustainable transport.

    The Lisbon Agenda will head Europe to further cooperation and more competitiveness.

    Security enforcements require the closing of the logistic chain on a Global and Intermodal level.

  • What is the problem then?

    Today's split among the different modes of transportation is based only on traditional parameters : lead time, costs, predictable delivery time

    The new parameters : safety, security, sustainable solutions, are often considered as constraints

    Assumptions: market incentives are not enough as a source of motivation.

  • How can we make the change happen? (1/3)

    Achieving sustainable cargo mobility

    is NOT about money.

    It is about

    changing our mindset.

  • How can we make the change happen? (2/3)

    Increased road congestion,

    Higher oil prices,

    Negative impact on economy,

    Congestion port-terminal-hinterland,

    Growing Asian demands

    Greater security problems,

    Poorer safety records

    Accelerated global warming

    Do not have to be unavoidable!

    We can take control!

  • How can we make the change happen? (3/3)

    The first step is to end silo thinking

    through the development of cross border plans within a Europe-wide combined road-rail-water-air policy.

    Innovation must be stimulated and guided.

  • Part of the solution?

    Stakeholders engagement

    Push concrete vision, both technical and on a more organisational side

    Funding target:

    60100 million euros each year for the period 2007 2013

  • EIRAC The intermodal industry's Grand Scheme for innovation and change

    Launched in May 2005, in Brussels

    50 high level industrial players stemming from all transport modes.

    An initiative of the European intermodal industry, the European Commission and the EU member states.

  • EIRAC mission Contribute to a balanced share among the different modes of transportation to :

    cope with the increase freight movement,lower the burden on the environment, and become more competitive.

    to make greater use of all the different modes of transport.

    Sustainable cargo mobility will only be achieved with a combined policy for Road, Rail, Water and Air Transport.

  • EIRAC Vision

    5 pillars of research

    Intermodal transport will be an industry with its:

    - own identity,

    - own strategy,

    - own voice.

  • The ImplementationPlan

    The SIRA(Strategic IntermodalResearch Agenda)

    The Vision

  • Implementation plan

    EIRAC in general and the Implementation Plan in specific, was lead by two questions:

    What kind of improvement is dealt with and what kind of action must be taken to make it happen?

    Where do the benefits go?

    Innovation Themes

  • Areas of research & innovationInteroperability : Standardised Intermodal equipment, Transfer Nodes, Consistent regulations, IT Systems, Transport documentation, Systems of transfer

    Logistics: Harmonised Framework conditions for all Modes, High quality and efficient Intermodal Services, European Intermodal Network

    Security: Harmonisation of the Security Policy Framework, Security IT Infrastructure, Physical Security, Model for the Assessment of Mitigation Measures

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