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experts and national governments issues that may arise as early in tidal energies). This call comes
on five fronts to green and the implementation process as on top of the Horizon 2020
decarbonise ports and shipping: possible. programme, which is the EU’s
governance, emissions regulation, tool for financing research and
infrastructure, innovation and • Infrastructure: Regarding demonstration and offer plenty
financial incentives: infrastructure – within of possibilities to promote
ports and for hinterland the green innovation agenda
• Governance: If local initiatives connections – the Connecting in the ports and maritime
are to be effective, it is Europe Facility (CEF) with sector. We have set up a ‘port
important that not only the a budget of €23 billion for innovation contact group’ to
port authority or the managing transport projects towards help define a common agenda
body of the port is pulling in 2020 provides tremendous and gather and disseminate
a greener direction. The port opportunities to build a more results.
community as a whole – e.g. sustainable Trans-European
terminal operators, shipping Transport Network (TEN-T). It • Financial incentives: In
companies etc. – need to can provide grants or financial addition to providing financial
be behind the project. With instruments (debt or equity support, we also promote the
a view to underpin this sharing instruments) for application of differentiated
kind of collaboration, the projects to transfer goods to charges by ports for
Commission, in the proposed greener transport modes, such environmentally friendly ships.
ports regulation, has included as shipping, rail and inland We work with the port and
provisions for regular waterways, and developing shipping industry to draw up
consultation among the and implementing green common guidelines identifying
many stakeholders of a port. technologies. The lack of good practices. The aim is
It is the ambition that these appropriate infrastructure is to enable ports to reward
consultations will act as forums a major market failure which shipping lines implementing
for, inter alia, the development prevents viable alternative green technology, ahead of
of a shared green agenda for fuels – the famous chicken legislation, and encourage
the port as a whole. and egg problem. To redress operators to opt for energy
it we use CEF to fund LNG efficient short sea shipping,
• Emission regulations: bunkering or on-shore power using common and well
Technical regulations limiting supply facilities. The goal of documented data, definitions,
emissions from marine fuels the Directive on alternative tools and methods.
play a key role. The limit on fuel infrastructure is that such
the sulphur content of 0.1 pct. facilities are available at all The years to come hold great
in marine fuel has entered core TEN-T ports by 2025. potential for the greening of a
into force since 2015 in the sector that is so economically
SECA areas (Sulphur Emission • Innovation: CEF can also important for Europe.
Control Areas), following from support innovation. The next Determination is needed from all
the implementation of the call for proposals due to be actors involved. The Commission
IMO’s MARPOL-convention. To published in November 2015 encourages the Member States
accompany these changes, the provides opportunities to fund and the investors to join this
Commission has established pilot deployment (real life effort. The European Fund for
the European Sustainable trials) of innovative transport/ Strategic Investments created last
Shipping Forum (ESSF). It energy solutions in ports and July at the initiative of President
brings together Member test the appetite for synergy Juncker provides a crucial tool
States and maritime industry actions between the transport to boost and channel private
stakeholders in order to and energy sector in ports – investments to European projects
exchange best practices and ports can be major actors of contributing to growth and jobs
coordinate, while providing the the transition towards more but also to decarbonise
opportunity to discuss various renewable energies (wind and transport. l
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