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Ports extend submission deadline for innovation contest

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Brussels, 05.05.2020, 14:25 Uhr
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Brussels [ENA] Amid the Coronavirus crisis the European inland ports’ (EFIP) Open Innovation Challenge has extended its submission deadline to 30 June to collect more ideas on how to achieve climate targets. The federation of the transport hubs had invited participants to provide innovative concepts aimed at implementing its strategy of becoming a key enabler of green logistics and sustainability.

The contest under the motto “What can European inland ports contribute to achieve the European climate targets”, says that globalization, changing consumer behavior and urbanization were leading to a steady increase in traffic, freight transport and emissions in European cities. “These developments call for new solutions and rapid action in order to actively face the challenges arising from them,” according to a statement issued by the Brussels-based EFIP. The paper underlines that ideas sought would help ports to achieve Europe’s transport, environmental and climate targets calling for a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050 at the heart of the so-called European Green Deal.

Prizes for winners include the presentation of their concepts at the 10-11 September Logistics Dialog 2020 in Vienna, participation in the 8-9 October EFIP Meeting in Vienna, the 02 November VIP participation at the Forum Green Logistics and an exclusive guided tour through the Port of Vienna. EFIP brings together nearly 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine. In its 2019 strategy EFIP declares that transport and climate change will be at the forefront of activities with climate change, infrastructure funding, digitalization and multimodality issues being primary and inland navigation, governance, port-city relations and diversification secondary concerns.

Inland ports, due to their role as multimodal transport hubs and their proximity to metropolitan areas, are seen of crucial importance in strategies and approaches to achieve climate targets. According to EFIP, challenges apart from energy supply and generation include logistics services; process optimization and solutions for local companies and employees. A third challenge is connectivity such as inland waterways as supply routes (new means of transport, alternative fuels, etc.). In the EU transition policies for its economy and industry emphasis is given to transport, including long-term transition to zero-emission vehicles, sufficient alternative fuels infrastructure and increase of efficiency in the logistics network.

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