On 9 and 10 December 2019, the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport project (CLCT) held the 2nd Sino-German Intermodal Transportation Forum in Beijing together with the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS), the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing (CFLP) and CHN Energy.
The forum brought together about 500 policy- makers and experts in the field of intermodal transport (the transport of goods in one and the same loading unit or in the same road vehicle with one or more traffic carriers). The aim of the forum was to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on how to develop and optimise the intermodal transport system in China, and how to effectively apply technology and digital solutions.
Freight transport in China accounts for about 700 Mt of CO2 emissions, with road transport accounting for the highest share. In comparison, Germany’s total CO2 emissions are about 866 Mt. Currently, sea-road intermodal transport accounts for 84% and sea-rail intermodal transport for only 2% of total port container shipping volumes in China. The promotion of intermodal transport is a priority for the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MoT) – in particular, shifting the transport of goods from road to rail is key to a more climate- friendly freight transport system.
Along with the forum, an internal workshop was held on December 9 to advise CATS and the MoT on the standardisation of intermodal transport, for example the standardisation of load units. Mr Ralf Charley-Schultze of the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) and Mr Steffen Nestler of the Deutsche GVZ-Gesellschaft mbH (DGG), together with GIZ experts Mr Sebastian Ibold and Mrs Ding Yan, had intensive discussions with the Chinese partners on how to set up and further advance the intermodal transport standard system in China. All parties agreed to step up their collaboration in 2020 and to jointly strengthen the exchange between Germany and China on intermodal transport.
Sino-German expert workshop on intermodal transport at the 2nd Sino-German Intermodal Transportation Forum in Beijing. Copyright GIZ.