Innovation and Greening
A truly integrated transport system for sustainable and efficient transport of people and freight is based on an open system of assets, resources and services operated by individual companies. All is fully visible and accessible and as such creates a network of networks. Coordination should be in a manner that is economically, environmentally and socially efficient , secure and sustainable. The system, of which all transportmodes are part, will be based on physical, digital and operational connectivity. This vision is meanwhile carried by policymakers, opinionmakers and the industry. Why should IWT not share this vision and move in that direction !?
I&G ’s mission is to follow closely and stimulate actively all relevant initiatives that one way or another bring us closer to this integrated transport system.
First objective is the implementation or integration of innovative solutions that contribute to the continuous improvement of Inland Waterway Transport as such and to make it a more attractive and greener transportmode than it already is.
Second objective is to demonstrate that Inland Navigation is at the forefront of this evolution towards the Integrated Transportsystem .
Since the launch of IWT platform on 21/1/2019, during which DG Move’s Director General gave an inspiring speech, the IWT platform did not sit still. Indeed, we had regular meetings with the policymakers in DG-MOVE discussing social, environmental, technological and other matters. We actively participated in meetings organised by ALICE and WATERBORNE, driving further research and innovation. And we made clear to the European Commission that we want to be at the forefront in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) ; a forum that aims to digitalise all B2B and B2A communication across the whole transportchain
At the same time we contributed (and still are) contributing to the organisation of the upcoming event under the Finnish Presidency to show innovation in our sector in the Port of Brussel on October 16 and are working on a joint IWT & ports sector narrative that soon will be published. Both initiatives are aiming at convincing the “newcomers” in the Commission and Parliament about the potential Inland Waterway shipping has. Outside “Brussels”, IWT took the stage on many different occasions and left those stages with a positive feedback in our backpockets..
That, and much more, happened since IWT’s launch, but although not fully operational before that time, a lot was done already during 2018. What was done, how it was done and by whom and what we aim for in 2019 and beyond can be read in this report.
Last but not least we created this website. Though it is still work in progress, it is time “ go live “ . When surfing you will be able to discover IWT’s origin and structure, its objectives, its team and a lot more. It’s the ambition to report through the website about the work done by the respective Committees and to inform relevant stakeholders about what IWT considers as important matters