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Ports: Multimodal transport is cornerstone of logistics

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Brussels, 10.12.2020, 12:56 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Jochen Raffelberg Bericht 4659x gelesen

Brussels [ENA] Europe’s inland ports have welcomed the European Commission’s renewed commitment to inland waterway transport and ports by its strategy to decarbonize transport. EFIP president Friedrich Lehr said because of the strengthening of river and rail transport, alternative fuels and urban logistics “we can start working on realizing green logistics in order to achieve a carbon-neutral European economy by 2050.”

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) said in a press release at its head quarters in Brussels that the direction and actions of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy for Europe recognized the important role of inland ports as “Enablers of Green Logistics”. According to EFIP inland ports’ role as multimodal hubs brings together low-emissions modes of transport promoting smart city logistics solutions that were key in the transition to smart and sustainable mobility. The EU strategy was presented on 9 December and outlines planned actions aimed at realizing the so-called Green Deal goals of reducing emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030 and reaching carbon-neutrality by 2050 within the field of transport.

EFIP said the continued support and initiatives in achieving the modal shift and syncro-modality showed that Europe wanted to make the shift to inland water and rail transport a reality. The proposal on supporting investments in multimodal terminals and trans-shipment infrastructure and the proposed actions would be essential from the perspective of Europe’s inland ports. Together with the foreseen new Combined Transport Directive, multimodal transport could become the cornerstone of European logistics. Centre of the strategy is the de-carbonization of all modes of transport. In this, the Commission recognized the potential of ports to be energy hubs and the uptake of clean vessels, the statement read.

The proposed revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive and Energy Taxation Directive would be essential in achieving this. The proposed measures to incentivize the deployment of renewable and low carbon refueling infrastructure was needed, as inland ports would not be able to undertake these key infrastructure and energy developments alone; support from the promised funding initiatives would be crucial. EFIP also welcomes the actions proposed to realize the “polluter pays”-principle in order to reach a level playing field between all transport modes. EFIP brings together some 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine with climate among its top concerns.

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