ENERGY BARGE - Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt

The team of "Energy Barge" following the first Steering Committee meeting at Linz (February 2017)

The main objective of the project ENERGY BARGE is to exploit the potential for green energy in the form of biomass along the Danube river in a sustainable way, thereby increasing energy security and efficiency in the Danube countries, considering: 

  • the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC,
  • the EU2020 climate goals,
  • EU Danube Region Strategy’s objective.

An outstanding feature of the ENERGY BARGE project is its cross-sectoral approach: the project will bring together key actors along the entire value chain, stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Danube ports as well as relevant public authorities and policy stakeholders. This shall support transnational know-how transfer and cooperation.

ENERGY BARGE will build a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices, extending the deployment of biomass for energy production in the Danube region.


There are 15 partners involved in the project from 7 countries:

  • 7 partners from the biomass/bioenergy sector,
  • 6 partners from the logistics sector including 5 ports,
  • 3 partners from the field of research that provide either special knowledge needed for the implementation of the project or who have special knowledge and networks in their regions.

Focus on results

An increased use of Danube logistics will help to reduce emissions, to establish a low-carbon transport system and to improve the environment performance along the entire bioenergy value chains.

The project’s promotion of ports as locations for processing, handling and storage of biomass for energy production supports port development. To map value chains and facilitate market uptake of biomass for energy production in the Danube corridor the project will put great emphasis on disseminating the results of the project specifics and findings through newsletters, articles, news and interactive social media activities.

The project in particular contributes to the implementation of the action plans elaborated in Priority Area (PA) 2 “Energy” and PA 1a “Inland Waterways” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2,323,519.65
ERDF Contribution: 1,974,991.67
IPA Contribution: 0
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve energy security and energy efficiency


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Energy Barge - Leaflet 31-05-2017 20:56:52
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Agency for Renewable Resources Lead partner Germany
BioCampus Straubing GmbH ERDF partner GERMANY
Deggendorf Institute of Technology ERDF partner GERMANY
Austrian Waterway Company ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Port of Vienna ERDF partner AUSTRIA
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Project News

  • ENERGY BARGE - Newsletter #4
    - 03-11-2017

    The fourth edition of the ENERGY BARGE newsletter is available via the project's website. In this edition of the Newsletter the main focus is on the European Strategy for the Danube Region, respectively the 6th Annual EUSDR Forum, factsheet...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Work Package 3: Biomass and bioenergy markets in the Danube region
    - 02-11-2017

    In the middle of the second period of the ENERGY BARGE project, it is time to give some first insight into what the project team has been working on up until now. The first brief newsflash deals with Work Package 3, which is all about exploring...

  • ENERGY BARGE - DECHEMA conference "Biobasierte Chemie im Fluss" at the Danube Port Straubing-Sand
    - 27-10-2017

    On Tuesday, October 24th, Bettina Matzner from our ENERGY BARGE Partner viadonau introduced the potentials of Danube logistics for the biobased economy and what ENERGY BARGE can contribute to an audience of around 80 scientists and business...

  • ENERGY BARGE - 6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR
    - 25-10-2017

    The 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region took place on 18-19th October in Budapest. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, the European Commission and the Danube Transnational...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Newsletter #3
    - 10-10-2017

    The third edition of the ENERGY BARGE newsletter is available via the project's website. In this edition of the newsletter the focus moves on the way how ENERGY BARGE is presenting the project’s activities through the use of Social...

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