The PLATINA4Action project officially commenced with a productive meeting in Brussels on January 18, 2024 January. Building upon the foundations laid by its predecessor, PLATINA3, PLATINA4Action embarks on a journey with a clear mandate – to expedite the transition to a zero-emission and digitally optimized inland waterway transport (IWT).

The project has three key focus areas that will shape its course.

1) supporting and coordinating research and innovation activities. Identifying synergies among parallel developments, the project seeks to maximize their collective impact on green and connected IWT.

2) Impact Estimations and Policy Support. Beyond assessing the impact of NAIADES III actions on emission reduction and modal shift, the project will provide additional policy recommendations. These recommendations aim to serve as catalysts for the accelerated adoption of zero-emission and digital IWT solutions.

1) Recognition of the dynamic of the dynamic nature of innovation in IWT. o stay ahead of evolving technologies and trends, the project will update the strategic research and innovation agenda for IWT. This forward-looking approach ensures that the consortium remains at the forefront of developments in the sector.

At the core objectives of PLATINA4Action lies the creation of a cutting-edge digital twin tool to carry out impact assessment, modelling the effects of NAIADES III actions.

The introduction of a European labelling system to enhance eco-friendly vessels, ultimately aiming at zero-emission transport.

A barrier and opportunity analysis to identify challenges and breakthrough concepts in zero-emission technologies.

An RD&I roadmap, the project strategically deploys innovative technologies for a greener future.

Stakeholder interaction initiatives to ensure inclusivity by fostering dialogue among policymakers, technology providers, experts, researchers and end-users.

More information will be soon disseminated through a dedicated website, LinkedIn profile and on the IWT-Platform website.