Agenda published for zero-emission waterborne transport initiative

Stakeholders from Europe’s waterborne transport sector, working within the Waterborne Technology Platform, have developed a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) which has been published today (14 July) for open consultation.

The Horizon Europe Partnership proposal on zero-emission waterborne transport was published by the European Commission on 27 May 2020. Now the SRIA has been developed to deliver on the proposal’s ambitions

The Partnership’s main 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 SRIA outlines the research and innovation strategy as well as the implementation pathways for different segments of the waterborne transport sector. The draft agenda has been published online today for a four-week public consultation period.

Chairman of the Waterborne Technology Platform, Henk Prins, commented: ‘The Partnership will be essential to realise zero-emission waterborne transport to the benefit of future generations. The Partnership will deliver solutions for the transport of cargo as well as of passengers, at sea and oceans as well as on inland waterways.

‘It will focus on both solutions for newbuilt vessels as well as on solutions for retrofitting existing fleets. Furthermore, the Partnership will develop solutions to facilitate a modal shift of cargo from road to waterborne transport.

He continued: ‘The Waterborne Technology Platform is eager to start this Partnership on 1 January 2021 as the road to zero-emission waterborne transport remains long and challenging. We hope for a positive formal decision, which will be depending on the outcomes of the multi-annual financial framework (MFF) negotiations.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes