CCNR STUDY on Financing of the energy transition for a zero emission European inland navigation sector

The CCNR thanks all the participating parties  – among which the EBU  – that were conducted by the EICB in the elaboration of a preparatory study, on the topic of financing of greening for the inland navigation sector.

With our support, the preparatory study identified main questions to be addressed in more detail, relating to different items such as triggers and financial drivers for a positive decision by ship owners to invest in technologies contributing to zero emission performance, the potential of ‘pay-per-use’, leasing schemes and joint procurement for the IWT market, expectations in relation to national and European programmes and products providing funding and financing, the ‘polluter pays’ principle, etc…

Based on this preparatory study, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) was able to decide, during its spring plenary session of 29 May 2019, to launch a CCNR main study on “The financing of the energy transition for a zero emission European inland navigation sector”. By its decision, the May plenary session aimed to take an important first step in the implementation of an essential chapter of the Mannheim Declaration setting the objective, to the extent possible, of ending emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants by 2050 and instructing the CCNR to encourage the development of new financial instruments for achieving this objective. A specific objective of the work ahead would be to be able to integrate the findings of the study into the European Union’s multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027..

The CCNR aims to initiate the study as soon as possible to have its results already available in the second semester of 2020.

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Launch of IWT

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