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 - At the Economic Commission for Europe
    - 20-06-2019
    At the Economic Commission for Europe

    Yesterday, 19th June 2019, at the Economic Commission for Europe, Inland Transport Committee, Working Party on Inland Water Transport Working Party on the Standardization of Technical and Safety Requirements in Inland Navigation, during the...

  • GREEN DANUBE - at Deltas & Wetlands Symposium
    - 10-06-2019
    at Deltas & Wetlands Symposium

    On June 7th during the 27th edition of the „Deltas & Wetlands” Scientific Event, the GREEN DANUBE project results were presented by the project manager to a large audience that included representatives of organisations from more than 10...

  • GREEN DANUBE - raising public awareness
    - 28-05-2019
    raising public awareness

    The Environmental Information Centre/ EIC in Galati, Romania was visited today, 28 May 2019, by secondary school children from the village of Varlezi.            The enthusiastic group discussed with CERONAV experts about environmental...

  • GREEN DANUBE - Final Conference
    - 27-05-2019
    Final Conference

    Almost 70 participants from seven countries were welcome in the beautiful Danube Delta by CERONAV, the Lead Partner of the GREEN DANUBE project to be presented with its results and to discuss about lessons learnt, challenges and solutions found,...

  • GREEN DANUBE - At National Participation Day within the 2019 Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
    - 17-05-2019
    At National Participation Day within the 2019 Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

    On 16th May 2019 in Tulcea during the National Participation Day organised in Romania for the first time, within the 2019 Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, GREEN DANUBE project was presented by the project manager in the...

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