Realizing zero-emission waterborne transport to the benefit of future generations

3.6.2020 klo 10.42
European Partnership on zero-emission waterborne transport

Brussels, 02 June 2020

A  partnership  comprising  key  players  within  the  European waterborne  transport  sector,  working together  within  the  Waterborne  Technology  Platform, propose  a  new  Research  and  Innovation Partnership which over a period of seven years will implement R&I which will by 2030 demonstrate the feasibility of zero-emission waterborne transport applicable for all main services and ship types.

The   candidate   Horizon   Europe Partnership “Zero-Emission   Waterborne   Transport proposal   was published by  the  European  Commission  on  27  May  2020  and  represents  an  important  achievement. During  the  summer, a  Strategic  Research  and  Innovation  Agenda (SRIA)  will  be  developed  to  deliver this ambition. Wide involvement is encouraged and drafts will be published on the Waterborne website and wide comments and suggestions will be welcome.

The partnership  is  strongly  aligned  with  the  EU’s  Green  Deal  strategy and   will  contribute to maintaining  and  reinforcing  Europe’s  global  leadership  in  innovative,  green  waterborne  transport solutions. The  Partnership’s  central  objective  is  to  provide  and  demonstrate  zero-emission solutions  for  all  main  ship  types  and  services  before  2030,  which  will  enable  zero-emission waterborne transport before 2050.

The  Proposal  lays  down  the challenge,  scope,  objectives,  commitments  and  expected  impact  of  the Partnership, which is essential to realise zero-emission waterborne transport.

In  a  first  reaction, the  Chairman  of  the  Waterborne  Technology  Platform, Henk  Prins, said “The Partnership  will  be  essential  to  realise  zero-emission  waterborne  transport  to  the  benefit  of  future generations. The Partnership will deliver solutions for transport of cargo as well as passengers, at sea and oceans  as  well  as  on  inland  waterways. It will  focus  on  both  solutions  for  new  build  vessels  as  well  as solutions to retrofit  the existing  fleet. Furthermore,  the  Partnership  will  develop  solutions  which  will facilitate the envisaged modal shift of cargo from road to waterborne transport. Europe has all assets to play aleading  role  in  the  transition  towards zero-emission waterborne  transport,  by  joining  efforts  and ensuring  a  coordination  approach. As  a  next  step, a SRIA will  be  developed,  which  will  be  based  on  the objectives defined in the Proposal. The Waterborne Technology Platform is eager to start the Partnership on 1 January  2021,  although  the  formal  decision  will  be  depending  on  the  outcomes  of  the  MFF negotiations."

WATERBORNE TP WATERBORNE TP has been set up as an industry-oriented Technology Platform to establish a continuous dialogue between all waterborne stakeholders, such as classification societies, shipbuilders, shipowners, maritime equipment manufacturers, infrastructure and service providers, universities or research institutes, and with the EU Institutions, including Member States (www.waterborne.eu). The members of waterborne TP comprise members as well as associated members from both maritime and inland navigation countries, representing about 17 Member States. In addition, the Associations member of the Waterborne Technology Platform represent the broader waterborne sector throughout the entire EU.

Enquiries concerning how to join and become more closely involved in the “Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport” partnership can be sent to:

Jaap Gebraad


Waterborne TP

jaap.gebraad@waterborne.eu, tel: +32 493 835 626


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