GREEN DANUBE Integrated transnational policies and practical solutions for an environmentally-friendly Inland Water Transport system in the Danube region

Medium and long term perspective of Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) in the European Union highlights that the market of this sector will grow with about 80% until 2040 compared to 2010. Without policy intervention, in the year 2020 the average emission level of air pollutants of inland navigation vessels will in many cases be higher than that of trucks. The transport sector is recognized as a major contributor to emissions, therefore it is important to support environmentally sound transport modes like inland waterway transport.

Above challenges identified in the Danube navigation explain in part the huge discrepancy between the Rhine and the Danube (EU Strategy for the Danube Region: ”Cargo volumes transported on the Danube are only between 10% and 20% of those carried on the Rhine”) and it became imperative to address both the need for a common transnational approach to better exploit the Danube potential by including it in the multimodal transport chain and the modernisation of the fleet (EUSDR Priority Axis 1a) in order to reduce the negative impact of emissions.

GREEN DANUBE consortium addresses the major challenge of strengthening environmentally friendly, safe and balanced transport systems by adopting a three level approach which targets and focuses on:

  • institutional capacity building by active involvement in pollutant emission reduction along the Danube through measurements of emissions;
  • organizational capacity building and cooperation in the Danube sector for investigation and assessment of existing green technologies and best practices and provide tailor-made innovative solutions and 
  • individual capacity building by testing the environment information centres through pilot actions that will raise the intensity of cooperation between the Danubian countries, ultimately ensuring  long-term transnational cooperation.

Acting as a policy driver for a stronger multilevel cooperation, GREEN DANUBE guarantees the replication of project outputs in the entire Danube region and beyond.

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Integrated transnational policies and practical solutions for an environmentally-friendly Inland Water Transport system in the Danube region
Start date
01-01-2017
End date
30-06-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1.586.244
ERDF Contribution: 1.267.897,4
IPA Contribution: 80.410
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Romanian Maritime Training Centre - CERONAV Lead partner vasilepipirigeanu@ceronav.ro Romania
Pro Danube Management GmbH ERDF partner rafael@prodanube.eu AUSTRIA
Black Sea - Danube Association of Research and Development ERDF partner v.penchev@bdcabg.org BULGARIA
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe ERDF partner pszuppinger@rec.org HUNGARY
Danube Delta National Institute ERDF partner mihaela.tudor@ddni.ro ROMANIA
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Project News

  • GREEN DANUBE - Second set of air quality measurements in full progress
    - 20-04-2018
    Second set of  air quality measurements in full progress

    This is the second set of measurements out of the three which will be performed during our project. It started a few days ago and currently the field team experts are travelling to the next critical environmental area on the Danube River.

  • GREEN DANUBE - IWT vessels regime and technologies database
    - 04-04-2018
    IWT vessels regime and technologies database

    Output: Database on Inland Waterway Transport vessels regime and technologies

  • GREEN DANUBE - Meeting on air assessment activities
    - 02-04-2018
    Meeting on air assessment activities

    Bilateral meeting between the Lead Partner and Danube Delta National Institute

  • GREEN DANUBE - synergies with DTP projects
    - 02-03-2018
    synergies with DTP projects

    During the last few days GREEN DANUBE lead partner CERONAV and project partner ACTEDJ participated in two events organised by synergetic projects Danube SKILLS and DANTE. At the first event, organised in Constanta, Danube SKILLS partners...

  • GREEN DANUBE - at Blue Career Fair in Varna
    - 19-02-2018
    at Blue Career Fair in Varna

    Representatives of project partner Black Sea – Danube Association of Research and Development, BDCA took part in the Blue Career Fair in Varna on January 31 - February 1, 2018. The event, organized by Marine Cluster Bulgaria, gathered more than...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)