BASIC PROJECT DATA – PROJECT IDEA
Project ID: PA1A092
NEED AND ADDED VALUE FOR THE DANUBE REGION STRATEGY
Danube ports are crucial elements for the competitiveness of waterborne logistics chains and important centres of economic activities for the adjoining regions. The project idea GETUP foresees to initiate and to promote the sustainable development of Danube ports with investments into green technologies and by applying green business strategies. GETUP must be seen as a blueprint for a comprehensive and long-term initiative to improve the efficiency and the eco-performance of all Danube ports. Such an initiative would turn the Danube ports and their adjacent areas into dynamic green business hubs which would result in economic growth, creating jobs and a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly logistics system in the entire Danube region.
OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE PROJECT
The project idea foresees the elaboration of concepts and small-scale implementations (so-called pilot actions) for recycling and waste management, investments for improved energy efficiency and for environmental protection, renewable energy provision & distribution as well as for eco-management strategies.
It would deliver tangible results in the participating ports but also good practice solutions, guidelines and recommendations which would allow the other ports to follow effectively. The project findings of GETUP would include results of previous projects as well as actual activities in Western Europe such as the EcoPorts initiative. All the findings would be consolidated into a practical action plan. This action plan should serve national and international authorities as a roadmap to trigger and to guide wide-scale implementations in Danube ports.
PLANNED PROJECT ACTIVITIES
The project proposal represents a project idea, which includes the following activities:
- GETUP would deliver state-of-the-art analyses, concepts and good practice solutions which would be implemented in the participating ports via pilot actions. The areas of action would address recycling of outdated, obsolete supra-structure & mobile equipment, treatment of polluted port sediments in connection with proper waste management practices, investment into eco-efficient facilities and equipment, reduction of hazardous emissions (CO2, NOX, particulates, dust, etc) as well as environmental protection and restoration.
- The concept of „green civil engineering” in Danube ports would be analysed in order to establish standards and efficiency parameters. This work would refer to the Joint Statement on Inland Navigation and Environmental Sustainability in the Danube River Basin issued by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR).
- Clean energy concepts suitable for ports would be investigated and business models for investing into clean renewable production and distribution would be elaborated.
- To enable ports to develop in a sustainable manner, long-term eco-management strategies together with short- & medium-term action plans are needed. Therefore, the EMAS framework (Environmental Management and Auditing Scheme) would be assessed for its appropriateness in ports. For environmental risk management, tools developed by ESPO for maritime ports in the EcoPorts initiative would be tested and recommendations for modifications to cover inland ports would be elaborated in close cooperation with the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP). Both actions would increase the awareness of the port sector for applying long-term strategies on eco-improvements as part of the overall business strategy.
- A high number of transnational workshops and ample dissemination activities would distribute the findings and the results of the pilot actions to all of the 72 ports located along Pan-European Corridor Danube.
- The findings of the project would be consolidated into a so-called “Green Danube Ports Action Plan” which should serve as a roadmap for a wide-scale implementation program supporting sustainable economic growth in the Danube region.
- Last but not least, the project would provide concrete recommendations to national and international authorities to create a more favourable framework for a timely and comprehensive Danube port development strategy in the framework of the new EU transport and regional development policy.
10 project partners from 5 Danube riparian countries were members of the GETUP consortium which covers the entire Danube region. The consortium which submitted the project for funding included members from the Upper, Middle and Lower Danube region that are EU members, IPA and ENPI countries.
PROJECT BENEFICIARIES / TARGET GROUPS
- Private or state organisations in charge of managing the port areas and all the activities performed in this region related to economic efficiency, environmental protection, safety norms; (port administrations, port authorities, port operators, ship-owners)
- International organisations such as: the Danube Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, the European Federation of Inland Ports, the Council of Danube Cities & Regions which would act as observers within the project
- The policy makers in the participating countries as well as those of other Danube riparian countries
- The population living in the Danube region
STATUS AND TIMEFRAME
The project was not realised.
The project proposal was submitted within the 4th call of the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme (SEE) 2007 – 2013 but has been rejected.
Total estimated costs: 1,984,714.99 EUR
Funding was not provided.
- Pro Danube International / Austria
- Ennshafen OÖ GmbH / Austria
- RSOE – National Association of Radio Distress-signalling and Info-Communications / Hungary
- KTI-Institute for Transport Sciences / Hungary
- ACN – Administration of the Navigable Canals / Romania
- APDF – Administration of River Ports on the Danube / Romania
- Port Authority Vukovar / Croatia
- ONMU – Odessa National Maritime University / Ukraine
- Associated Partner: UPIR – Union of Romanian Inland Ports / Romania
The GETUP project idea strongly corresponds to major EU policies regarding transport, energy, environment and regional development. The project activities refer to the objectives of the White Paper on Transport, the TEN-T Program (Project 18 – Danube) as well as its follow-up, the Connecting Europe Facility (core network project 10 – Strasbourg – Danube), the NAIADES Action Program, the Europe 2020 – New Economic Strategy and the European Union Climate Action.
A dedicated relationship exists to the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) as the project idea connects to Priority Area (PA) 1a (Inland waterway transport) and its recommended action on ports (see EUSDR Action Plan). The project output should enable full scale implementations in all Danube ports as part of Structural & Cohesion Funds and other EU programs in the next financial period of the EU.
Data provided by: Silviu Meterna (Maritime Danube Ports Administration Galati, Romania) – 26.04.2012
Last update by: Silviu Meterna (Maritime Danube Ports Administration Galati, Romania) – 29.06.2017