Intermodal shipping as a stimulous for sustainable growth in Tuscany, was the title of our most recent conference, organised in collaboration with the Interporto della Toscana Centrale, in Prato, where the event was held.

Andrea Fossa, GreenRouter CEO; Gabriele Cornelli, Logistica Uno CEO; Francesco Querci, Interporto della Toscana Centrale CEO.

Industry experts and both local and regional administrators all took part in the discussion on the theme of lowering heavy-load traffic on roads in favour of rail shipping. They underlined that by lowering heavy-load traffic the risk of accidents has become lower, emissions are lower, and positive economic results have been seen in the Tuscan economy.

“Logistica Uno has always had a personal mission to shift from road to rail transport” – added Gabriele Cornelli, the CEO of Logistica Uno Europe. “We see this today when local companies ask us to collaborate and help them with environmental sustainability projects, and more: we are reducing traffic on highly congested major thoroughfares, and as a consequence, reducing accident risk on roads. We have taken the same approach with companies in the papermaking district of Lucca, where we sat down with organisations, companies and workers to develop the multimodal systems and freight yard station at Porcari. Rail transport is in Logistica Uno’s DNA: this can be seen in the multimodal/intermodal logistics centre project at Maddaloni (Campaina) and the development of the freight yard stations at Palermo and Bari”.

Round table companies

The round table, moderated by Andrea Fossa the CEO of GreenRouter, was host to managers from some of the most important large distribution, logistics, technology, and shipping companies. Namely San Pellegrino, Comieco, Coop, Unieuro, Cantine Bonacchi and Msc and the Detox Consortium.

It was also attended by the Mayor of Prato, Matteo Biffoni, the President of Confindustria Tuscany, Alessio Marco Ranaldo, the regional councillors Vincenzo Ceccarelli and Stefano Ciuffo, and the directors and managers from the port authorities Mercitalia, as well as those from Interporto and Logistica Uno.