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 brings 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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Danube transnational biomass and bioenergy atlas 27-11-2018 09:06:02
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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 - Bioeconomy in the Danube region – ENERGY BARGE workshop & site visits
    - 21-02-2019
    Bioeconomy in the Danube region – ENERGY BARGE workshop & site visits

    On 19 March 2019, the ENERGY BARGE project organises a workshop on the biobased economy in the Danube region in combination with three site visits to Straubing, the “Region of Renewable Raw Materials”. The event will take place at the...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Info brochure Modal Shift Platform
    - 20-02-2019
    Info brochure Modal Shift Platform

    The ENERGY BARGE modal shift platform aims to enable a better connected and interoperable environmentally-friendly transport system for bioenergy products along the Danube. The tool supports the provision of expertise on the transport,...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Regional B2B meeting on bioenergy logistics in Vukovar
    - 18-02-2019
    Regional B2B meeting on bioenergy logistics in Vukovar

    The 4th ENERGY BARGE business-to-business (B2B) meeting on bioenergy logistics took place on 5 February in Vukovar, Croatia. The event that was jointly organised by the Croatian Wood Cluster and the Port Authority Vukovar started with a site...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Bavarian Minister for Transport visits our project partner from Port of Straubing
    - 15-02-2019
    Bavarian Minister for Transport visits our project partner from Port of Straubing

    On Thursday, the Bavarian Minister for Transport, Dr. Hans Reichardt, visited our project partner Port of Straubing to learn about current performance but also about necessary future investments like the ones analysed in the ENERGY BARGE...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Newsletter #21
    - 13-02-2019
    Newsletter #21

    The 21st newsletter of the ENERGY BARGE project has been published. In this issue, we look back at the latest ENERGY BARGE workshops that were successfully held at the end of January in Budapest and at the beginning of this month in...

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