ChemLog is an European cooperation project between regional authorities, chemical industry associations and scientific institutions from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy with the objective to strengthen competitiveness of the chemical industry by improving framework conditions for supply chain management in Central and Eastern Europe.
ChemLog wants to overcome barriers for transnational transport in the West-East and East-West dimension by initiating a broad process of exchange of experience and facilitating the development of transnational infrastructure projects with high relevance for the chemical industry.
Respectively the project partners aim to establish fruitful cooperation with relevant administrative entities from regional, national and European level, chambers, associations, enterprises and logistic providers to identify priorities and find common solutions for the improvement of logistic infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe.
The project invites interested stakeholders to contribute to these objectives.
- Strengthening Railway and Waterway transport for chemical goods in comparison to road to improve safety and environmental protection, reduction of costs and increased speed and flexibility for chemical logistics.
- Support of development of logistic centres for intermodal transport and their integration in infrastructure planning.
- Support of stronger connection of pipelines for the development of an effective Central and Eastern European Feedstock Network.
- Initiate transnational know-how and technology transfer for the development of efficient transport systems with focus on West-East dimension.
- Support of implementation of trans-European Transport Corridors, Contribution for harmonisation of regulations, coordinated planning of infrastructure and coordinated use of Structural Funds.
A holistic SWOT analysis, carried out by the Logistikum Steyr together with the international project partner, lead the corner stone in the project to call the attention to potential areas of operation and future projects. Based on these results, a Best Practice Study followed to describe successful projects and experiences so far. After these two studies each project partner put the focus on specific improvement measures. Examples are: intermodal platforms, transnational rail traffic, cross-border pipelines or inland waterway transport as potential mode of transport for the chemical industry.
The CENTRAL EUROPE project ChemLog has been working from 2009 to 2012 to improve chemical logistics in Central and Eastern Europe. Partners from public administrations, chemical industry associations and research institutions have cooperated to identify major problems and bottlenecks and develop recommendations for improvement of infrastructure and logistic related measures in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the chemical industry in Europe. The project has started in the 1st year with an SWOT-analysis for chemical logistics in Central and Eastern Europe. On this basis a number of bottlenecks have been identified and general recommendations for the improvement of framework conditions have been developed. The following best practice study has identified several successful solutions for chemical logistics in the partner regions, which have been used to initiate a mutual learning process. The second year of project implementation was focused on the implementation of eight feasibility studies for the concrete improvement of transport of chemical goods alongside important transnational transport corridors looking at intermodal transport, waterway transport and pipelines. On the basis of the results from the feasibility studies the project partners have developed the ChemLog Strategy and Action Plan. The SAP includes regional specified strategic objectives and a description of concrete measures for the improvement of chemical logistics. Furthermore information about the involved stakeholders, time planning and financial resources are provided. The project has organized four Policy Advisory Group Meetings in Brussels and in Moscow to discuss project recommendations with policy makers from the European Commission and other relevant policy makers. The partners have also founded European Network on Chemical Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe under the umbrella of the European Chemical Regions Network. This network should ensure the continuation of transnational cooperation and the representation of interest at European level. The project has established a deeper cooperation with regional stakeholders from chemical companies, logistic service providers and research organizations in the framework of the Regional Stakeholder Meetings to integrate regional expertise and interest into the project. Altogether 63 Meetings have been organized with 1511 Participants. The project has intensively communicated project results in four large Dissemination conferences with 461 participants. The project website www.chemlog.info has received high interest with 435.000 visits in four years. Furthermore the ChemLog project was very successful in achieving high media coverage. Altogether 205 articles have been written about the project with an estimated outreach of 3.5 Mio people. The dissemination activities were supported by the publication of seven newsletters, flyers, a video and several studies.