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
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe ERDF partner HUNGARY
Danube Delta National Institute ERDF partner ROMANIA
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Project News

    - 28-11-2017

    The third project partners meeting of GREEN DANUBE team is currently taking place in Varna, Bulgaria hosted by Black Sea - Danube Association of Research and Development - BDCA. During the first day of the meeting the team discussed...

  • GREEN DANUBE - With relevant Croatian IWT stakeholders in Zagreb
    - 24-11-2017

    On 20 November 2017, project partner Inland Navigation Development Centre - CRUP organized the seminar New Law on concession and its application to Concessions in Ports at the Croatian Chamber of Economy with the support of The Faculty of...

  • GREEN DANUBE - In a UN panel on environment
    - 23-11-2017

    The Regional Environmental Center was a co-organizer of the event of ’Regional Multi-stakeholder Consultations for Europe in preparation for the 2017 UN Environment Assembly’ held on 9-10 November 2017 in Hungary, in REC premises. During...

  • GREEN DANUBE - First set of air emissions measurements concluded
    - 20-11-2017

    Project partner Danube Delta National Institute organized the first expeditions to collect samples and measure air emissions in the selected Danube areas

  • GREEN DANUBE - synergies with Regional Centre for Ecological Studies
    - 15-11-2017

    Partner NGO attending EUSDR PA 10 Conference in Chisinau On 26th – 27th October 2017, The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of Moldova, the Coordination of Priority Area "Institutional Capacity and...

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