Realizing zero-emission waterborne transport to the benefit of future generations

Open Consultation on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda [SRIA] of the candidate Co-Programmed Partnership Zero-emission waterborne transport

Amid growing global and European societal pressure to resolve issues related to climate change, air pollution and the degradation of the world’s oceans, political and regulatory attention has been increasingly directed towards waterborne transport, due to this mode of transport’s high environmental and climate impact. The European Green Deal, the Paris Agreement Objectives, the Initial IMO Strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, and the CCNR Ministerial Mannheim Declaration are a number of key policy developments which provide a clear objective towards zero-emission waterborne transport.

The waterborne transport sector is committed to develop and demonstrate disruptive solutions for the aforementioned challenges. Research, development and innovation are key to be able to develop commercially viable solutions to eliminate GHG emissions, air and water pollution from ships. These solutions should be applicable for both new build and existing main maritime and inland navigation ship types and services. Furthermore, the Partnership will develop solutions which will facilitate the envisaged modal shift of cargo from road to waterborne transport.

A coordinated and joint approach is needed to develop the disruptive solutions. The waterborne transport sector is composed of many different stakeholders in a diversified environment (many different sub segments, different ship types, etc.). Bringing and keeping them together requires a long term vision, strategy and programming. Business as usual will not achieve the targets, and the Partnership will be key to coordinate initiatives to avoid duplication of efforts and to speed up efforts by joining forces.

The Partnership aims to create the foundations to transform waterborne transport into a net zero-emission mode of transport, through the demonstration of deployable zero-emission solutions suitable for all main ship types and services before 2030. It will contribute to maintaining and reinforcing Europe’s global leadership in innovative, green waterborne transport solutions. The Partnership’s objective is to

provide and demonstrate zero-emission solutions for all main ship types and services before 2030, which will enable zero-emission waterborne transport before 2050.

In order to facilitate zero-emission waterborne transport, the Partnership will contribute to the development of regulations and policies at both national and international level including the development of standards to enable the implementation of technological solutions for zero-emission waterborne transport by 2030 at the latest. 

Joining efforts through a Partnership approach is essential to realize zero-emission waterborne transport for the benefit of future generations.

All interested stakeholders are invited to contribute to the development and definition of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the candidate Partnership, by contributing to this open consultation.

 

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* 1. Last name

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* 2. First name

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* 3. Name of the organisation

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* 4. I am giving my contribution as

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* 5. If you have selected “Company / Business organisation”, do you consider yourself as a small/medium-sized enterprise?

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* 6. Country of origin

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* 7. Have you been involved in the on-going research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020 or the preceding Framework Programme 7 in the following capacities ?

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Applied for funding
Received funding

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* 8. Do you agree that the Partnership zero-emission waterborne transport will focus on the following activities to be able to reach its objectives, as described in Chapter 2 of SRIA:

  Fully agree Slightly agree Neutral Slightly disagree Fully disagree
Sustainable Alternative Fuels
Electrification
Energy Efficiency
Design and Retrofitting
Digital green
Ports

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* 9. In case you “slightly/fully disagree” with one or more areas, please explain (max.  800 characters):

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* 10. If you find any important areas missing, please indicate which ones, and explain why these are important to achieve climate neutrality for waterborne transport (max. 800 characters):

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* 11. It is proposed to incorporate the Partnership in the existing structure of the Waterborne Technology Platform. Do you consider this to be the right approach?

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* 12. In case you reply on behalf of an organisation: does your organisation want to become actively involved in the Partnership on zero-emission waterborne transport?

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* 13. Do you have additional comments?

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* 14. Should you wish to provide an additional document, with more detailed comments concerning the SRIA or to assist in further developing roadmaps or to express a general position about the proposed Partnership Zero-emission waterborne transport, please send it to: info@waterborne.eu

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* 15. The Partnership will publish the responses to this open consultation. You can choose whether you would like your personal details to be made public or to remain anonymous.

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* 16. Thank you for participating in this survey. To follow-up, may the Partnership contact you by e-mail?

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* 17. If you have answered yes, for what would you like to be contacted? (Select all that apply)

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