European research and innovation platform for waterborne industries, Waterborne Technology Platform, on Tuesday (2 June) said a partnership comprising of key players within the European waterborne transport sector working together within the Waterborne Technology Platform have proposed a new Research and Innovation (R&I) Partnership.
Over a period of seven years, it will implement the R&I partnership which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of zero-emission waterborne transport applicable for all main services and ship types by 2030.
The partnership’s central objective is to provide and demonstrate zero-emission solutions for all main ship types and services before 2030 which will enable zero-emission waterborne transport before 2050.
The candidate Horizon Europe Partnership “Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport” proposal was published by the European Commission on 27 May, 2020 and represents an important achievement, said Waterborne.
During the summer, a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) will be developed to deliver this ambition, it added.
The Proposal would lay down the challenge, scope, objectives, commitments and expected impact of the partnership, which is essential to realise zero-emission waterborne transport.
“The partnership will be essential to realise zero-emission waterborne transport to the benefit of future generations”, said Henk Prins, Chairman of the Waterborne Technology Platform.
“The Partnership will deliver solutions for transport of cargo as well as passengers, at sea and oceans as well as on inland waterways.
“It will focus on both solutions for new build vessels as well as solutions to retrofit the existing fleet.
“Furthermore, the Partnership will develop solutions which will facilitate the envisaged modal shift of cargo from road to waterborne transport.
“As a next step, a SRIA will be developed, which will be based on the objectives defined in the Proposal.
“The Waterborne Technology Platform is eager to start the Partnership on 1 Januar,y 2021, although the formal decision will be depending on the outcomes of the MFF negotiations.”
Photo credit: Waterborne
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