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21 September 2021
Upon invitation of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, several collaboration platforms organised along European transport corridors presented their experiences during the 10th edition of the Rhine-Alpine Talks "EGTC and other Governance Models for Transport Corridors And Larger Cooperation Areas" on 17 September 2021. The governance of cooperation structures is of crucial significance for its success and each cooperation structure needs to find its appropriate way for its organisation.
Following an introduction by Pavel Branda, Chair of the CBC Intergroup at the Committee of the Regions about successful EGTCs facilitating cooperation, several cooperation areas from across Europe reported about their practical experiences with their governance models.
Amongst others, like the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, the Kvarken Council EGTC and the Main Line for Europe initiative, Dr. Jürgen Neumüller from the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin – Brandenburg presented the organisation of the Scandria®Alliance promoting territorial cooperation from Scandinavia to the Adriatic Sea. Scandria®Alliance is currently opreating on the basis of an agreement between its members.
For further information, please visit the organisers website at https://www.egtc-rhine-alpine.eu/events/rhine-alpine-talks-10/.
17 September 2021
In July 2021, the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism published a study about alternative fuel infrastructures for heavy-duty vehicles.
The study points out that decarbonization of truck fleets provides an important potential to reduce GHG emissions and to reach the EU climate goals.
It recommends a policy shift from CNG and LNG to infrastructure for battery electric trucks, hydrogen as well as further investigation of Electric Road Systems.
It furthermore points towards specific requirements for charging infrastructure, amongst others the need, to adapt the power grid and its capacity.
The authors call for a stable long-term policy framework and a targeted, uniform approach.
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Further information at the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism website: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/tran/home
08 September 2021
The transport sector is the second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. To overcome the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a set of policy initiatives with the aim of making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.
Some member states and regions have set high ambitions and implemented strong measures in the deployment of clean fuels. Still, the level of ambition in target setting and policy proposals varies greatly between member states. In order to achieve the climate targets set by the international community in the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to accelerate the uptake of zero-emission vehicles and the related infrastructure. Efforts will need to be considerably higher both on a European and national level.
At the BSR Access Clean Fuel Agora on 9th June 2021, hosted by the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, the status quo of clean fuel deployment in the Baltic Sea Region (→ report) and the BSR Access position paper on clean fuels deployment (→ summary, → full version) has been presented and discussed with 50 participants from all over the Baltic Sea Region. Organised as online meeting place for experts, practitioners and officials across the national borders, thematic sectors and administrative levels in the Baltic Sea Region, following questions were raised:
With the attendance of the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic Core Network Corridor, Catherine Trautmann, the Prioroity Area Coordinator Transport of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Thomas Erlandson and other distinguished speakers, the panelists clearly committed themselves to accelerate clean fuel deployment in the Baltic Sea Region by better collaboration to coordinate the process of transition towards zero emission transport acrosss borders. The discussion on how to organise coordinative measures shall be continued after the summer break under the umbrella of the EUSBSR Priority Area Transport.
Check programme, presentations and the summary report below to find out more!
06 September 2021
In line with the EU’s climate neutrality target, our Programme supported several initiatives tackling the diverse challenges faced by the Baltic Sea region’s transport sector. We united our efforts to make our region more accessible, better connected and less polluted, ultimately improving the overall mobility experience in the area while protecting the environment. Read here how Interreg Go LNG, BSR electric and Sohjoa Baltic have contributed to green mobility and innovation in transport sectors in the region.
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31 August 2021
Did you know that Western Transdanubia is the third most developed region in Hungery?
The geographical features of the region are excellent, however, the current economic features are still strongly influenced by the years of communist rule in some areas. Among other things, this also affects the current development of the transport sector.
Within this framework, the InterGreen-Nodes team, in close cooperation with our Hungarian partners from Pannon Business Network, has analyzed the possibilities of combining road freight transport and rail transport in the Hungarian region.
This included very interesting interviews with our experts from Budapest Free Port Logistics Ltd. and KTI - Institute for Transport Sciences.
You can read what the assessments of the current situation as well as the possibilities and advantages of switching to multimodal transport revealed in our new results report.