Digital query platform for rail transports
From 1 January 2023, certain waste transports must be carried out by rail. By 1 December 2022, the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) is to set up a digital inquiry platform with the aim of making targeted inquiries and quickly obtaining offers from rail transport companies.
Transports of waste with a total weight of more than ten tonnes over a transport distance by road of more than
- 300 km in Austria from 1 January 2023,
- 200 km in Austria from 1 January 2024,
- 100 km in Austria from 1 January 2026,
have to take place by rail or by other means of transport with equivalent or lower pollutant or greenhouse gas potential (e.g. propulsion by fuel cell or electric motor).
This does not apply if it is proven that no adequate capacities can be provided by rail or if, in the case of transport by rail, the transport route to be covered by road for the arrival and departure to and from one of the nearest loading points would be 25 % or more compared to the road-only transport.
The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) ensures through the digital platform that it is possible to request offers for waste transport by rail. If no adequate capacities can be provided, confirmation is given within two working days. Only the confirmation by the digital platform is valid as proof that no adequate capacities can be provided.
Participating Railway Companies
List of Waste Types
Please find here the provisional list of waste types on the part of the railway companies (RCs), which means that in the first step the RCs will concentrate on the waste types on the list for transport by rail.
The relevant provisions are contained in sections 15 paragraph 9 and 69 paragraph 10 of the Waste Management Act 2002 (AWG, → RIS) as amended by the Recycling Management Package (Federal Law Gazette I No. 200/2021).
Prerequisite is a registration in the → USP.
For companies or representatives for companies or associations based in Austria, please follow these instructions:
- Instructions for sole proprietorships resident in Austria or representatives for companies or associations (PDF, 578 KB)
For sole proprietorships or representative offices for companies or associations not located in Austria, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "USP registration". We will support you with the registration process.