Energy transition & financing of future-proof inland waterway transport in Europe
Tuesday 28 Sept 2021, 11:00-12:30 CEST, Online
Please find HERE the recording of the meeting
SEArica has the pleasure of organising a webinar dedicated to inland waterway transport (IWT) following the European Parliament’s own-initiative report “Towards Future-Proof Inland Waterway Transport in Europe”.
European countries have a variety of different fleets of inland vessels, which makes inland waterway transport very convenient and useful for transporting different types and large quantities of cargo to different destinations on either large or small rivers. The European Strategy for Smart and Sustainable Mobility (SSMS) and the NAIADES III program, as part of the EU Green Deal, both seek to increase the share of IWT by 25% by 2030 and by 50% by 2050. At the same time, one of the main challenges for the IWT sector is to make the necessary energy transition and to look for alternative energy sources and propulsions. For this, a solid business case is needed. The IWT sector consists mostly of family businesses and smaller SMEs, which means that new financial instruments are needed, such as a dedicated European inland waterway fund.
On 3 June of this year, several studies commissioned by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) were published and looked into the different alternatives for sustainable technologies as well as possible financing and funding instruments. The conclusions of the studies represent input for the start of discussions at European level on the energy transition in European inland waterway transport.
In this context, this webinar organised at the initiative of MEP and SEArica Member Caroline Nagtegaal aims to identify the barriers to overcome and the way to move the sector forward.
What is an Intergroup?
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.
Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.
Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.