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 the need for a common transnational approach to better exploit the Danube potential by enhanced multimodality and modernisation of the fleet (EUSDR Priority Axis 1a) to reduce the negative impact of emissions.

GREEN DANUBE consortium of 10 highly experienced partners from most of Danube riparian countries and 6 associated strategic partners, international organizations, river commissions and national ministries, addresses this major challenge to strengthen environmentally friendly, safe and balanced transport systems by adoption of 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 Danube riparian 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
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1.586.244
ERDF Contribution: 1.267.897,4
IPA Contribution: 80.410
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas


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Concept of Environmental Information Centres 14-08-2017 11:46:26
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Romanian Maritime Training Centre - CERONAV Lead partner Romania
Pro Danube Management GmbH ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Black Sea - Danube Association of Research and Development ERDF partner BULGARIA
Inland Navigation Development Centre Ltd ERDF partner CROATIA
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe ERDF partner HUNGARY
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Project News

  • GREEN DANUBE - Air Emissions Equipment
    - 21-09-2017

    GREEN DANUBE has procured equipment for the upcoming measurements. Partners involved in air emissions assessment Work Package will soon start sampling and analysing air pollutants in the selected areas along the Danube.

  • GREEN DANUBE - Policy and legislative framework survey
    - 08-09-2017

    The scanning and mapping of existing policy and legislative framework with relevance for Inland Waterway Transport has been concluded. Partners in all seven countries of the GREEN DANUBE consortium have carried out a targeted research to find the...

  • GREEN DANUBE - part of an Interreg Volunteer Youth movie!
    - 19-06-2017

    Interreg Vonlunteer Youth is currently filming a video to show European citizens in the Danube region how they will benefit from our project. Let’s join Manon, Interreg Reporter, and the filming crew to find out details about their...

    - 12-06-2017

    On the 8th of June, the Danube Commission Workshop '17 took place in the Secretariat of the Danube Commission in Budapest. Within this framework, an active exchange of ideas and fruitful discussions have been enabled between the Danube...

  • GREEN DANUBE - Second partners meeting currently taking place in Belgrade
    - 31-05-2017

    The second GREEN DANUBE project partner meeting currently takes place in Belgrade, hosted by Danube Competence Center. During the first day, project team discussed about key administrative and communicational aspects of the project, while special...

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