E-Flash No. 91 - 2 March 2015


1. Deadline to register for the FIATA Headquarters' Session 2015 is quickly approaching

As in every year, FIATA will host its annual HQ Session at Swissôtel, in Zürich. Participation of FIATA Members is very valuable as it makes it possible for FIATA to continuously improve its work and, in that process, build new opportunities.

The final deadline for registration is March 8th, 2015.

The registration form, hotel booking forms and the Swiss special rate code are available online under this link: http://fiata.com/events/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions.html.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

2. Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) begins emissions consultations

The aims of GLEC are to create a universal and transparent framework for calculating logistics emissions across the global multi-modal supply chain, and for the framework to be used by companies to compare and select more fuel efficient modes, carriers, technologies and other actions and hence to reduce costs and environmental impacts.

The consultation process consists of consultation workshops, written feedback, and separate meetings or calls. Consultations are open for all other stakeholders from industry, government, civil society and others.

To find out more about GLEC and the consultation process please visit: http://www.theglec.org/main/information

 

3. EU to co-fund innovative and cleaner technologies for cargo ships

This pilot project will install and test the latest scrubber technology that uses sea water instead of fresh water in an open loop. The new cleaning system is expected to bring a number of economic and environmental benefits: ships will no longer need to carry supplies of fresh water, nor will they have to transport and use chemicals for water treatment, in order to reuse it. More space will be available for cargo.

The project is expected to be completed by December 2015.

To read more about the project and the EU's TEN-T Programme please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/newsletters/2015/02-23/articles/inmaritime-cargo-ships_en.htm

 

4.  Eleventh edition of the World Congress on Railway Research is now accepting abstract papers

The WCRR 2016 is the most important worldwide event for railway research focusing on scenarios in rail transport from now until 2050.

Throughout this Congress, a number of the leading railway companies in the world and rail infrastructure managers, scientific research institutes, universities and industries will have the chance to promote and illustrate the more innovative development projects in this field.

The deadline for submission of abstract papers is April 30th, 2015 and the event will take place in Italy, at the Stella Polare Congress Center in Milan, from 29 May to 2 June, 2016.

Please visit the WCRR2016 website for more information: http://www.wcrr2016.org/

 

5. UNCITRAL launches upgraded version of its case law database

UNCITRAL has launched an upgraded version of the Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts (CLOUT) legal database which provides users with faster and easier access to the many abstracts highlighting key issues in the application of the texts.

The CLOUT system was designed in 1988 to facilitate uniform interpretation and application of UNCITRAL texts. Aiming to enhance the widespread distribution of such information, CLOUT enables and encourages users to take into account the decisions of judges and arbitrators in countries other than their own.

For more information relating to CLOUT please visit: www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/case_law.html

 

6. UNCTAD releases statistical tool which profiles each country's economic situation

UNCTAD's new country profiles provide a basic snapshot of a country's economic and financial situation, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. The Country Profiles are tailored to showcase data that are unique to UNCTAD: trade, investment, information and communications technology and maritime transport.

The profiles are generated automatically from the data contained in UNCTAD's statistical warehouse (UNCTADstat).

For a more in-depth look into UNCATAD's new tool please visit the below link: http://unctadstat.unctad.org/CountryProfile/home/Indexen.html

 

7. International Transport Forum publishes its Transport Outlook for 2015

The ITF Transport Outlook examines the development of global transport volumes and related CO2 emissions impacts through 2050. Furthermore it looks at factors that can affect supply and demand for transport services and focuses on scenarios illustrating potential upper and lower pathways.

This latest edition presents an overview of long-run scenarios for the development of global passenger and freight transport volumes, with emphasis on changes in global trade flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation, focusing on the characteristics of mobility development in developing countries.

To download the Transport Outlook please visit: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/transport/itf-transport-outlook-2015_9789282107782-en

 

8. WTO Publishes International Trade Statistics

International Trade Statistics 2014 provides a detailed overview of the latest developments in world trade, covering both merchandise, and services trade as well as trade measured in value-added terms.

To download the statistics please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/its2014_e/its14_toc_e.htm

 

9. Discount on air fare for the HQ Session

As official carrier to FIATA HQ Session 2015, March 19th to 22nd Swiss International Air Lines offers you the best booking flexibility together with Swiss product and service quality, all at a significantly discounted price. As the national airline of Switzerland, they offer event participants a reduction of up to 10% off regular fares.

Discounted congress fares are specifically marked as special rates and make it possible for you to rebook flexibly or cancel if necessary. Reductions depend on the fare type, routing and availability and are valid on the full SWISS network for flights to Switzerland, including flights operated by one of their partner airlines with an LX flight number. These fares are bookable with immediate effect for the travel period 14 days before and after the event (March 5th to April 5th).

To take advantage of this offer, book simply and conveniently on swiss.com via the following link:

www.swiss.com/event

Please provide your e-mail address and the event code: 7868-2378-8433-1759

SWISS is already looking forward to pampering you with typical Swiss hospitality on board.

 

2 March 2015

 

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