Transport and Logistics

The chemical industry contributes to the sustainability of its transport operations

Ensuring safe, competitive and efficient transport/ handling of products, with care for the environment and in full compliance with regulations is of key importance to the European chemical industry.

The chemical industry is therefore undertaking a wide range of activities and voluntary initiatives to promote  excellence in chemical supply chain operations. These initiatives have resulted in a series of best practices guidelines addressing a wide variety of topics, developed in close collaboration with the transport industry. Opportunities for further improvements are continuously being explored.

In a joint Cefic/ Deloitte Chemical Logistics Vision 2020 report, key trends in chemical logistical Logistics Vision 2020″ ics are predicted and future strategies are recommended.

Sustainable logistics : measuring and managing CO2 Emissions of European Chemical Transport

The report “Measuring and managing CO2 emissions of European chemical transport“, prepared by Prof Alan McKinnon (Heriot-WattUniversity, Edinburgh) and commissioned by Cefic, represents the first step in understanding how chemical companies can assess and improve their operations.It will assist companies in the evaluation and management of their transport carbon emissions. In commissioning this work, the chemical industry is taking a proactive role as part of its continuing commitment to safe, efficient and sustainable logistics. 

Intermodal Transport

One of the most prominent targets of the EU Transport Whitepaper is the ambition to shift 30 % of road freight transported more than 300 kilometers to other modes such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030. To meet this goal the EU has recognized that this will require the development of appropriate new infrastructure, the upgrading of existing infrastructure and the development of multimodal terminals. 

Chemical companies have largely already captured current intermodal transport opportunities, finding it difficult to further increase modal shift without jeopardizing service levels.

A Cefic report on Intermodal Transport Network Development identifies the obstacles and options for further increasing the intermodal share of chemical transports, in the context of the EU goal to shift 30% of road transport to intermodal transport. Recommendations are presenting measures that should be taken by the different stakeholders to allow a further increase the share of intermodal transport.

Download the intermodel transport position paper.

International regulations for the transport of dangerous goods

Cefic strives to ensure that international regulations for the transport of dangerous goods are in line with best industry practice. Cefic supports the highest possible international and inter-modal harmonisation ofthe regulations.

Cefic has a long-standing observer status with most official international regulatory bodies in this field, allowing the European chemicalindustry to promote its views on issues of interest such as UN Model Regulations, ADR (road), RID (rail), IMDG Code (sea, packaged goods), IBC Code (sea, bulk),ICAO TI (air), etc.

Safety & Quality Assessment for Sustainability (SQAS)

SQAS helps logistics service providers in identifying and improving their weaknesses and assists chemical companies in evaluating them. SQAS is a means for continuous improvement and therefore an important element of Responsible Care applied to logistics operations.

SQAS is an assessment system of logistics service providers and distributors. SQAS covers all key service providers in the land-logistics chain: road transport companies, tank cleaning stations, warehouses, transfer terminals and rail carriers.

Chemical Contributors (ESAD)

A similar scheme (ESAD) has been developed for chemical distributors, in co-operation with the European Chemical Distributors Association (FECC).

The same concept has also been applied for sea and barge transport through the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) and the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS). All assessment reports are stored in a central database and are accessible to interested chemical and transport companies, members of the SQAS Service Group.

Intervention in Chemical Transport Emergencies (ICE)

ICE  is a co-operative programme, set up by the European chemical industry to ensure safe (in full accordance with relevant regulations and codes of practice) transport of goods to and from its manufacturing sites and storage locations. 

In the event of an incident, the chemical industry will provide information, practical help and, if necessary and possible, appropriate equipment to the competent emergency authorities in order to minimise any adverse effects.  

– ICE National Scheme

In the national ICE scheme , “Companies” should be understood as “sites” or”contact points”. One company might have various manufacturing sites that participate in the national ICE scheme of the same country.

Download the national ICE scheme.

– ICE – Product Specific Schemes

Member companies of a number of Cefic sector groups or affiliated organisations have set up schemes for mutual assistance in transport accidents involving specific products.  These schemes complement the existing national ICE schemes by focusing on substances requiring specialised intervention procedures or equipment. They can be triggered by a member company as well as by the ICE network.

Titanium tetrachloride (UN 1838)
Contact MAINIL Michael
TDMA website

ISOPA Emergency Response website

Bromine (UN 1744)
BSEF website

Ethylene oxide
Contact SALEMIS Philippe
Ethyle Oxide website

Emergency Response Intervention Cards (ERICards)

ERICards is Cefic emergency instructions  guidance on the initial actions to be taken by fire brigades in case of chemical transport accidents. ERICards are currently available in 19 languages.