NESTRA is the acronym for “Netherlands Expert Group for Sustainable TRAnsport and Logistics” and is a member of the STC-Group. NESTRA was founded on 30th of April 2014. It has four experts on sustainable transport and logistics: René Meeuws, Harrie de Leijer, Sandra van Putten and Richard van Liere.

NESTRA provides high-level consultancy and applied research services in the field of sustainable transport and logistics. NESTRA aims on servicing public and private organisations on national and international level such as Ministries of Transport, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, World bank. The experts within NESTRA have an extensive experience in the following activities:

 Analysis, development and evaluation of policies and regulations (e.g. impact assessments) for the transport and logistics sector including public-private partnerships and institutional development. Within the area of transport and logistics, main areas of expertise of NESTRA are transport by inland waterways, road transport, multimodal transport and trade and transport development.
 Dissemination, training and technical assistance on the strengthening and enhanced professionalism on transport and logistics within and abroad Europe with a wide experience in countries such as China, Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Mozambique, Jordan and Central Asia.
 Project management and coordination of international consortia working on assignments such as consultancy, research and development and training and matchmaking projects.

The STC-Group provides training and consultancy services for shipping, transport and (process) industry worldwide. In the public domain, the STC-Group achieves this by providing vocational education at various levels. In the private domain, it does so by offering a recognized Master’s programme, certified training and education, applied research and consultancy. STC-Group headquarter is based in Rotterdam and STC Group also has various branches and activities around the world such as Korea, Vietnam, South Africa, Philippines, Mozambique, Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia and Oman.

Our Vision: The need for sustainable transport
An efficient functioning transport system and effective logistic coordination are of crucial value for sustainable economic development. Drivers for increased efficiency in multimodal transport systems are amongst others the increasing congestion on roads and the expectations of increasing oil prices. Companies active in this competitive environment aim to achieve high transport efficiency while also reliability and agility are more and more important elements in supply chains. At the same time there is a growing pressure by the society on sustainable transport and the application of clean alternative fuels in transport systems. Noise and air pollutant emissions are less accepted and the Carbon Footprint of transport is increasingly important for consumers. There is an increasing awareness among stakeholders in transport and logistics that coordination and cooperation between public and private organisations and between countries is essential in order to be ready for the challenges of the near future. NESTA also applies this philosophy in the internal mobility policy, aiming for 20% CO2 reduction and received the Lean & Green Personal Mobility Award.

Coordination, collaboration, multimodality, innovation and economies of scale
By means of cooperation and coordination, synergies and economies of scale can be reached and innovation is stimulated. In many countries there is a growing attention for development of ports and inland navigation as a way to develop sustainable transport. In addition attention is paid to the effectiveness and efficiency of logistic chains as a whole, taking into account the behaviour and interests of various stakeholders in the transport chain. This development results in a growing need across the world for more guidance, tools and information about addressing bottlenecks, opportunities, best practices in order to feed the development of action plans to use the full potential of transport systems. More and more the multimodal network view is applied were actions are implemented on important corridors in the transport network with involvement of various stakeholders. Modalities such as short sea shipping, inland navigation and rail freight transport are combined in such transport corridor concepts.

Added value provided by NESTRA
NESTRA provides guidance and brings comfort to deal with such challenges on national and international level by means of research based consultancy taking into account most recent developments. As regards transport and logistics NESTRA aims to improve infrastructure, guides the implementation of multimodal transport, greening of transport, cooperation in logistics and improved usage of ICT. NESTRA provides strategic recommendations. Insights and recommendations by NESTRA are inspired by facts, experiences and best practices seen in various parts of the world. NESTRA has a very extensive network in the transport sector, in particular in the field of road transport, multimodal transport, inland navigation and trade facilitation programmes. In addition, NESTRA creates synergies by involving the expertise that is available within the STC-Group in the areas of training and education (including state-of-the art simulators), which strengthens the implementation of recommendations in practice.

NESTRAs approach answers to the trend of growing requirements with respect to policy strategy and policy making since there is a growing attention to create support for policies and implementation among stakeholders and extensive impact assessments. NESTRA brings support by offering such assessments and research work from a neutral and independent perspective while bringing together the viewpoints of the involved public and private stakeholders. NESTRA prepares feasibility studies, Master Plans, Impact Assessments and is active in dissemination and training. Often NESTRA operates within international working consortia involving the expertise brought by engineering firms, lawyers and financial specialists. NESTRA is qualified to act as project manager of such consortia and through the vast network, NESTRA can develop a tailored mix of expertise to provide one-stop-shop solutions for the clients. NESTRA brings worldwide experience and expertise which allows policy makers and decision makers to build upon. National and international clients are contracting NESTRA to do research, give advice on infrastructure development, management and operations, laws and regulations for transport, subsidy programmes, institutional development, technical and organisational improvements in logistics and transport systems and usage of sustainable techniques.

Moreover, an overview of the type of consultancy activities provided by NESTRA is the following:
• Support for the definition of sustainable transport policy, planning and programming;
• Trade and transport facilitation policy and studies
• Monitoring and measuring performance of national and international transport corridors
• Formulation of national logistics policy
• Studies of national logistics costs
• Development of national sustainable transport strategies, particularly in rural areas;
• Definition of the roles of public and private actors in the transport sector, development of the appropriate regulatory framework and recommendation of public-private partnership mechanisms;
• Organization of the transport sector;
• Role and organization of the ministries in charge of transport;
• Support for the institutional capacity building of transport and logistics regulatory agencies;
• Development and implementation of training programs intended for public and private actors in transport and logistics sector;
• Technical support to Road Maintenance Funds with a view to improved road markets management;
• Transport sector programs;
• Feasibility studies on structural adjustment programs intended to enable transport sector reforms;
• Feasibility studies on transport network structuring projects;
• Evaluation of the link between transport and poverty to improve the efficiency of sectoral interventions;
• Strategic environmental assessment of transport sector programs;
• Technical assistance to the administrations responsible for the implementation of transport sector programs.

Although STC-NESTRA is a young company, the partners have a long history and track record in the field of freight transport. STC-NESTRA is a joint venture between STC Group Holding and a number of individual experts formerly working at Panteia/NEA. These experts have been involved in freight transport projects around the world in European countries, Asia, Africa and South America and a great number of projects was carried out in developing countries, including countries in Africa. More details on these projects, in which the involved experts play and have played a leading role, is provided in Appendix I.

Example of Clients served by STC-NESTRA:
 European Commission, DG MOVE and INEA
 Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (including Rijkswaterstaat)
 Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs/Netherlands’ Enterprise Agency
 Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 Connekt (Dutch public private partnership for sustainable and innovative transport solutions)
 NVB – Dutch association for inland ports
 World Bank
 Asian Development Bank
 EICB –Dutch Expertise and Innovation Centre for inland shipping
 Dutch LNG Platform