EUROPE: Waterborne Technology Platform seeks to press ahead on zero-emission initiative

Key players within the European waterborne transport sector, working within the Waterborne Technology Platform, have proposed a new Research and Innovation Partnership which will work to demonstrate the feasibility of zero-emission waterborne transport for all main ship types by 2030.. The Horizon Europe Partnership Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport proposal was published by the European Commission at the end of May. Over the summer, a a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) will be developed to deliver this ambition.

Chairman of the Waterborne Technology Platform, Henk Prins, commented on the new initiative: '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.

He continued: '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 a leading role in the transition towards zero-emission waterborne transport, by joining efforts and ensuring a coordination approach.' He noted that: '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.

Parties wishing to know more about the Partnership and/or wanting to be involved should contact: Jaap Gebraad, Executive-director Waterborne TP,  This email address is being protected from spambots.

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