15 March 2017 | Ireland

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport was pleased to welcome José Viegas, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to Dublin last Thursday. Mr. Viegas addressed industry leaders at a special event organised by CILT Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

In his speech he discussed the future of Transport and Logistics across Europe, focusing on the impact of new technologies on our industry, including the inevitable rise of autonomous vehicles.

Driverless trucks are coming, it’s not if but when and how. They will change the landscape of transport and logistics.

The Secretary-General also believed Brexit would have a seismic effect on the transport and logistics industry describing it as a ”big earthquake but a positive one”.

Mr. Viegas, who was in Dublin for the Transport and Climate Summit, also spoke at length about the need to reduce carbon emissions, a key aim of the International Transport Forum. He stressed the need for more policy change and less reliance on technological advancement, and explained how the ITF are currently designing a model to reduce carbon emissions which will be available for countries to test by May 2019.

From L-R: CILT President Paddy Doherty, Aoife O’Grady Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, José Viegas ITF Secretary-General, Deirdre O’Keefe Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, Ray O’Leary Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, and CILT CEO Pat Treacy.

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