Project SummaryIt is intended that this project proposal will be submitted under Priority Axis 2 ‘Low carbon’ of the EU Interreg North-west Europe cooperation programme 2014 – 2020.
The specific requirements for projects under this priority (Extracted from EU CCI 2014 TC 16 RF TN 006) address two thematic objectives (TOs): TO 4 – Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors, and TO 7 – Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures. By including both TOs in one Priority, synergies are possible between the uptake of low carbon technologies in the public sector and the implementation of low carbon solutions in the transport sector, the main GHG polluter.
We contend that there is an opportunity to address bottlenecks in goods transportation through this project proposal in two areas:
To reduce bottlenecks in road transportation of goods over trans-national and national routes by appropriate use of short-sea shipping, addressing GHG reduction with improved transportation efficiency;
To evaluate the potential for improvement of short-sea shipping efficiency within the North-west Europe region by appropriate adoption of IT systems and e-navigation procedures including findings from previous projects such as the EU Interreg ACCSEAS project.The proposal will build upon the “SeaSHIFT” proposal which was written in April 2015 as an Interreg North Sea Region (NSR) application, Programme Priority 4: Promoting green transport and mobility and specifically 4.1: Develop demonstrations of innovative and/or improved transport and logistics solutions with potential to move large volumes of freight away from long-distance road transportation. This previous proposal (with a total projected budget of €6,672,191) which was intended to be a logical follow-on from ACCSEAS was not submitted.
The main tasks are likely to include:
Identification of current bottlenecks along with their causes;
Identifying potential solutions to existing bottlenecks;
Estimation of improvements in GHG emissions arising from potential solutions;
Undertaking live demonstrators using multimodal corridors based on Hull/Rotterdam/Harwich/Zeebrugge maritime routes, for example.
It is anticipated that 25% or more of the project resource would be related to practical aspects and trials.