If we want to reach the Paris Climate Agreement Target all transportmodes need to take action to reduce CO2, companies need to report, reduce and collaborate. Reducing emissions can however not be done without measuring fast.

The GLOBAL LOGISTICS EMISSION COUNCIL (GLEC) developed the first framework in 2016 in order to calculate and report emissions in a relatively simple approach. Based on feedback from many GLEC partners an improved version of the framework is now available.

The framework not only provides a methodology for calculation but also advice on how to use these results. In chapter 3, a paragraph is dedicated to Inland Waterways (pag 35 – 36).

This framework suggests that depending on the vessel used inland waterway can offer a low energy, low emission alternative for medium and long transport.

Basically, the suggestion is to look at 2 KPIs:

  • A total emission value (kg CO2e)
  • An emission intensity value (kg CO2e / tonne-km)


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Launch of IWT

Since the launch of IWT platform on 21/1/2019, during which DG Move’s Director General gave an inspiring speech, the IWT platform did not sit still. Indeed, we had regular meetings with the policymakers in DG-MOVE discussing social, environmental, technological and other matters. We actively participated in meetings organised by ALICE and WATERBORNE, driving further research and innovation. And we made clear to the European Commission that we want to be at the forefront in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) ; a forum that aims to digitalise all B2B and B2A communication across the whole transportchain

At the same time we contributed (and still are) contributing to the organisation of the upcoming event under the Finnish Presidency to show innovation in our sector in the Port of Brussel on October 16 and are working on a joint IWT & ports sector narrative that soon will be published. Both initiatives are aiming at convincing the “newcomers” in the Commission and Parliament about the potential Inland Waterway shipping has. Outside “Brussels”, IWT took the stage on many different occasions and left those stages with a positive feedback in our backpockets..

That, and much more, happened since IWT’s launch, but although not fully operational before that time, a lot was done already during 2018. What was done, how it was done and by whom and what we aim for in 2019 and beyond can be read in this report.

Last but not least we created this website. Though it is still work in progress, it is time  “ go live “ . When surfing you will be able to discover IWT’s origin and structure, its objectives, its team and a lot more. It’s the ambition to report through the website about the work done by the respective Committees and to inform relevant stakeholders about what IWT considers as important matters