The Port of Rotterdam has contributed to the new ‘Rail Freight, The Future is Ours’ initiative which sees the rail freight industry join together to transport 50% more freight on the Dutch railway network within ten years in order to meet the European sustainability objectives.
By achieving this, rail freight on the network could see an increase from 40 million to 61 million tonnes.
The scheme was setup firstly to help meet the requirements outlined in the Paris Agreement, where the EU aims to be climate neutral by 2050.
The initiative gives the rail freight industry one voice and calls for ambassadors from across the sector to help in achieving sustainable, competitive and reliable freight transport by rail.
The Port of Rotterdam has previously revealed it is working on improving its intermodal transport services. In September 2021, Kombiverkehr KG launched a new logistics offering from the port to meet growing demands for containerised goods in Europe and connects customers in Italy, Germany, and the Benelux nations via Switzerland.
These direct trains will ensure a quick and environmentally sustainable connection between two multimodal locations in the Netherlands and Italy five times a week.