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


Filename Date of upload
ENERGY BARGE Modal Shift Platform 03-04-2019 15:42:42
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 - Biomass as a new cargo type in the MAHART-Freeport
    - 17-04-2019
    Biomass as a new cargo type in the MAHART-Freeport

    MAHART-Freeport Co. Ltd. is a state-owned company that was established in 2005. It is the owner of the land, main infrastructure and part of the buildings of the Freeport of Budapest, which is the largest Danube port in Hungary. The port can...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Newsletter #23
    - 10-04-2019
    Newsletter #23

    The 23rd newsletter of the ENERGY BARGE project has been published. In this issue, we take a look back on the fifth and final ENERGY BARGE business-to-business meeting that was conducted in the SENNEBOGEN Academy in the Port of Straubing....

  • ENERGY BARGE - Fifth and final business-to-business meeting in Straubing
    - 05-04-2019

    On 20 March 2019, 70 international experts in multimodal logistics met at the Sennebogen Academy in the Port of Straubing-Sand under the title "Danube logistics meets growing markets: B2B Forum for biobased and high & heavy cargo". The focus of...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Save the date - ENERGY BARGE final conference in Budapest
    - 04-04-2019
    Save the date - ENERGY BARGE final conference in Budapest

    On behalf of the ENERGY BARGE project consortium, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the final conference on 23 May 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. During the conference, strategies and recommendations to improve energy security...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Poster presentation at the conference Agrárium 2019
    - 02-04-2019
    Poster presentation at the conference Agrárium 2019

    The Agrárium 2019 professional conference was held on 7 March 2019 in Kecskemét, Hungary. The conference is one of the most important events of the spring season in Hungary, which provided information on the use of agricultural and rural...

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