Following the release of Green Deal for Europe, the European Federation for Inland Ports (EFIP) has made public its support for the proposal.
The Deal was announced by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen aims to reduce emissions by at least 50% by 2030 with the European economy being wholly carbon-neutral by 2050.
As “Enablers of Green Logistics”, inland ports are convinced that they are essential in the achievement of a carbon-neutral Europe, a statement released by EFIP on 12 December read.
Inland port’s role as multimodal hubs bringing together low-emissions modes of transport and promoting smart city logistics solutions will be key in the transition to smart and sustainable mobility.
EFIP President Friedrich Lehr said: “The European Green Deal gives inland ports, and European logistics on the whole, a clear direction for the decarbonization of European transport.
“European support for multimodal transport, new technologies and innovative city logistics will put inland ports on the right course to meet the goals for 2030 and 2050. But to achieve the European objectives, meticulous and detailed cooperation is also required, for which European inland ports stand ready.”
The decarbonization of transport requires profound changes in the sector. In order for waterborne transport to fully decarbonize, inland ports will need to be able to develop the necessary infrastructure but this requires a clear roadmap outlining the path forward.
EFIP notes the need for the review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive and Energy Taxation Directive.
In addition, European inland ports welcome the proposed initiatives on digital and smart logistics. digital and autonomous systems will allow for increased efficiency of multimodal transport and a reduction in energy usage. Smart city logistics initiatives championed by inland ports will allow the combatting of congestion and improvement of air quality.
EFIP brings together nearly 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine.