The European Commission has granted approval for a scheme to support the transfer of road-to-rail routes throughout Germany’s freight transport routes.

The scheme is reported to have a €350 million annual budget, running between 2018 to 2023. The reasons for the scheme is to reduce road congestion and to lower CO2 emissions, all whilst widening the opportunities for German freight transport.

Rail freight operators are said to be reimbursed up to 45 per cent of their track access charges, which will be managed by the German logistics transference scheme.

By shifting the transport modes, the on-land freight opportunities will be broadened without altering competing forms of freight.

The freight industry contributes to a heavy amount of emissions, so the supply chain’s efforts to combat and reduce emissions – such as low emission zones – are set in place to make the freight industry’s track greener.