At Intermodal Forwarding, we care about sustainability and the challenges our sector and freight intermodal transport will face in the coming years.

During the sustainability forum organized by the Vasco Group, alongside Deusto Business Alumni in Madrid, our CEO, Mikel Lavín, delved into the proposed modifications being considered by the European Parliament for the Combined Transport Directive, as well as the review of the Trans-European Transport Network Regulation.

The European Union is committed to enhancing the competitiveness of freight intermodal transport compared to road transport alone, aiming to reduce carbon footprint. Europe’s strategy revolves around reducing intermodality costs to make it a competitive, integrative, and appealing alternative for all stakeholders. However, overcoming current major barriers—legislative and infrastructural—is essential.

“EU goals were unrealistic due to the substantial gap between combined transport and road transport. Investment to reduce combined transport costs should focus on enhancing terminal and infrastructure capacity to prevent disruptions in the supply chain.”


Another aspect addressed during the event was the review of the Trans-European Transport Network Regulation, a crucial component of the European Green Deal and the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy.

Presently, 25% of tonne-kilometers in Europe involve intermodal components, with this figure expected to increase significantly in the coming years. To meet the sustainability targets set for 2030, efficient cross-border collaboration and thorough monitoring of these objectives are imperative, all while considering the potential impact of decarbonization measures on the various links in the supply chain.

You can revisit the entire event via the following link: