Waterborne transport moves 90% of global trade and today accounts for 3% of global CO2 emissions (similar to air transport). This proportion is predicted to increase with growing global trade and improvements within other sectors. The International Maritime Organisation has shown that GHG emissions from ships have increased by 70% since 1990 and a European Parliament report predicts that without action the global share of shipping’s GHG emissions may reach 17% by 2050.
To address the challenges in this call, proposals should cover all the following activities:
- Establish a multi stakeholders “green shipping” expert group.
- Working with the “green shipping” group, and considering the state-of-the-art, establish a clear vision for green waterborne transport which includes quantified targets for 2025, 2030 and 2050.
- Building on the vision, jointly establish a strategic research and innovation agenda and an implementation plan for green waterborne transport.
- Identify and if necessary develop the most appropriate mechanisms, incentives and business models to increase the take-up and deployment of the outcomes from the R&I projects.
- Establish and implement a strong communication strategy which will ensure visibility within wider society, press, the sector as a whole and with important stakeholders.
- Whilst work must focus on the greening of shipping towards the zero- emission goal for all waterborne transport, some related activities concerning digitalisation, safety and competitiveness may also be included.
The Commission considers proposals requesting a contribution of up to EUR 1 million would enable this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.