Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt
A large amount of biomass is available along the Danube with the potential to improve energy security and foster sustainable energy production. Despite the fact that National Renewable Energy Action Plans set bioenergy targets for 2020, it is expected that Danube countries on the Middle and Lower Danube will contribute only marginally to the bioenergy production in Europe. In order to counteract and exploit synergies in the whole Danube region, fostering know-how transfer and cooperation among key actors in the bioenergy field is essential.
Currently, biomass is mainly processed locally due to a lack of secure, efficient and environmentally-friendly logistic solutions. ENERGY BARGE for the first time will build on synergies between the bioenergy industry and the Danube logistics sector. For this purpose ENERGY BARGE will analyse requirements regarding transport, handling and storage of the biomass feedstock, identify promising biomass products for inland waterway transports, initiate concrete transports via Danube through B2B events and implement pilot actions in selected Danube ports.
The overall objective of ENERGY BARGE is to foster sustainable usage of biomass for energy production in the Danube Region and to increase the share of environmentally friendly biomass-transport on the Danube. It builds on national initiatives existing on the Upper Danube and transfers know-how and experience along the whole Danube corridor.
Furthermore ENERGY BARGE will
The project consortium consists of 15 partners from the Danube logistics sector and bioenergy industry. Further 8 associated strategic partners support the implementation of the project with their expertise in selected fields.
Project duration: 30 months (January 2017 – June 2019)
Budget: EUR 2,323,519.65
ERDF: EUR 1,974,991.67 (Funding rate: 85%)
IPA: EUR 0
Funding programme: Danube Transnational Programme (DTP)
Priority Area: PA 3 - Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific Objective: SO 3.2 Improve energy security and energy efficiency
Additional information can be found on our project webpage: www.interreg-danube.eu/energy-barge
The project makes a substantial contribution to the implementation of measure 12. Expand multimodal handling possibilities along the Danube of the Action Programme for the Danube 2022.
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