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01 July 2021

Join the Community - Become FRIENDS of OPEN ENLoCC

Be it InterGreen-Nodes, COMODALCE or CORCAP: Through projects like these, strategies, demonstrators and innovations are developed in close collaboration with the partners and regions involved. But what happens after the collaboration? Often, when a project is completed, contacts freeze and a new opportunity is awaited.

To give continuity to the results of the projects as well as to refresh and maintain the relationships, OPEN ENLoCC (European Network of Logistics Competence Centers) provides an ideal platform. As an open network of regional logistics competence centers in the freight transport and logistics sector, operated by public authorities or similar institutions, Giuseppe Luppino, as chairman, leads the international exchange of experience and knowledge among its participants and promotes cooperation with European institutions at a higher level.

Through the cross-interface content of the projects, OPEN ENLoCC members engage the regional economy through solutions to infrastructural, organizational and technological problems of logistics and transportation. By involving key political and logistic actors, the results of the network activities and best practices are highly appreciated.

In order to keep alive what has been created in the last years, the OPEN ENLoCC members have decided, according to the decision of the last General Assembly in 2021, to create a parallel community for all organizations dealing with freight transport and logistics with regional relevance.

For this, OPEN ENLoCC aims to create a community of organizations (non-members of the network) to:

  • Give continuity to the #Transport4Cohesion position paper, submitted by more than 170 Organizations in Europe to give continuity to the Transport policy in INTERREG;
  • Exchange experience in the freight transport topic at regional level;
  • Create a database of freight-transport-related organizations;
  • Activate new synergies between Members and non Members;
  • Support the development of new INTERREG Programmes;
  • Support the development of the MACRO REGION STRATEGIES.

OPEN ENLoCC invites other regional competence centers in the logistics sector to join the international exchange of regional experience and knowledge.

Join for free here.


29 June 2021

Updated figures on Clean Fuel Deployment in the Northern Scandria®Corridor: Clean fuel vehicle market is growing, transition to climate-neutral mobility to be further accelerated

On behalf of Region Skåne and Eastern Norway County Network in early 2021 Evig Grønn AS assessed the current market development in clean fuel vehicles and infrastructure deployment. The assessment is based on data provided by the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO), the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) as well as national statistics from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

The investigation revealed, that since 2018 new registrations of clean fuel passenger vehicles doubled every year. However, the share of clean vehicles in the total vehicle stock is still below 5% except for Norway.
Similar dynamics can be observed in the market for light and heavy-duty vehicles. In consequence, clean fuel infrastructure is more intensely exploited, which locally and temporarily leads to bottlenecks, especially for charging infrastructure.

The observations confirm, that transition to climate-neutral mobility needs to be further incentivised to boost the clean fuel vehicle market and to keep-up with the infrastructure deployment.

Whereas the market for battery electric passenger vehicles is becoming more and more mature, opportunities for light and heavy-duty vehicles as well as for hydrogen need to be exploited more intensely in future.

Download the full presentation and our fact sheet with key messages to find out more!




28 June 2021

Joint Deloitte-ESPO study: Europe’s ports at the crossroads of transitions

The greening and digital transitions combined with the changing global political environment and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic create the perfect storm for Europe’s ports and the port industry. Ports are at the crossroads of these transitions and changing realities. How can port authorities best respond to these shifts? To what extent can they proactively set the course for a more sustainable, resilient and smart future? What has the COVID-19 pandemic revealed about the role of ports? What are the necessary conditions for ports to play their role as engines of growth and recovery?

Based on talks with 55 European port leaders, Deloitte, together with ESPO, made an analysis of the main drivers and trends impacting Europe’s ports, in view of defining the changing role of port managing bodies in Europe. The results were presented during the ESPO Conference Regatta on 25 May and the report is now available on the ESPO website.

The aim of the study is to get an understanding of what drives ports’ decisions today, how ports will adapt and navigate through this world in transformation and what is needed to optimise this process, so that ports in Europe can continue to be a catalyst of sustainable, smart and resilient growth. The report can only provide a snapshot, since the world and the operating environment of ports continue to change as we speak,” comments Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General ESPO.

The study identifies four categories of drivers and connecting trends which are transforming the portscape: environmental, technological, geopolitical and demographic. Based on these categories, the study explains how the role of European port authorities is transforming and draws a list of conclusions in that respect.

As ports in Europe are very diverse, they are impacted in a different way by drivers and trends. Overall, port authorities in Europe are taking up new, additional roles – be it in the field of greening or digitalisation, blue or circular economy – on top of their traditional functions. While they have been moving towards becoming commercial developers and active strategic landlords, their public role and mission-driven activities remain as important and are even further increasing. The wider variety of roles, responsibilities and stakeholders implies a greater complexity, which requires more than ever a strong port “manager” as neutral partner and facilitator in the value chain and the wider port ecosystem. The diverse challenges ahead, the increasing complexity and scale increase in the sector pushes ports to cooperate with other ports, from coalitions on a single project to full mergers. But cooperation with other stakeholders will also be crucial to find workable solutions for issues like greening the shipping sector or the digitalisation of the port ecosystem. By teaming up, ports can leverage an external knowledge or lower the risk of certain investments.   

The study also identifies some possible tensions. First, whereas the role of the port managing body is expanding, revenues are often decreasing. Second, ports are heavy assets and infrastructure investments have very long lead times due to public tendering, financing and authorisation procedures. This makes it particularly challenging for ports to respond and react quickly to overnight changing realities in times of a very uncertain market outlook.

The report suggests an opportunity for revitalising the port-city relationship since the new port authority’s roles, including in the field of circular economy and renewable energy, make them a very relevant partner in the greening of the city and make them attractive for different new job profiles available in the city. It also identifies a way to reinvent maritime passenger transport after COVID-19.

Supporting the changing role of ports requires a holistic view of ports, which considers all facets and roles, as well as the port-specific needs and abilities. This diversity makes the European port system more resilient and implies that the best strategy to optimise and support the respective ecosystem will be different for each port.

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14 June 2021

New Urban Mobility Initiative: Five consultation workshops for stakeholders in June

In line with the priorities of the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Transport Strategy, transport – including urban mobility – should become drastically less polluting and undergo twin green and digital transitions, to build a resilient and sustainable transport system for generations to come. Additional information is available in the published roadmap. The European Commission’s new urban mobility initiative, currently under preparation, will operationalise these goals by proposing actions needed to address common urban mobility challenges like pollution, congestion, accessibility and urban road safety, thus improving people’s quality of life.

Within the framework of the consultation process on its new initiative, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport is organising five consultation workshops on topics of interest for stakeholders and the public:

14 June 14:00–16:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative for local and regional authorities, civil society and the general public, including a political session (by invitation only), organised in cooperation with the European Committee of Regions – registration
15 June 14:00–16:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative for representatives of the Member States Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM)
21 June 14:30–16:30: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative: Urban freight transport and logistics – registration
24 June, 10:00–12:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and Mobility Management – registration
28 June, 10:00–12:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative: Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) – registration

The workshops allow urban mobility practitioners, stakeholders and the public to have their say on policy and priorities being addressed at the European level, and on specific actions to be included in the new urban mobility initiative.

The initiative is due to be published by the end of the year.

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04 June 2021

Successful launch of the world's first zero-emission push boat

How can inland shipping within sensitive regions become CO2-neutral? InterGreen Nodes project partner Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH (BEHALA) has been working on this question for years. The idea involved developing an emission-free hybrid-electric powered canal push boat for use in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and between Berlin and Hamburg. In the lighthouse project ELEKTRA, the BEHALA created a significant milestone in the context of the climate policy targets of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Many things have happened since the keel was laid for the world's first zero-emission push boat in November 2019. The complex work of assembling and installing the relevant components up to floatability has been completed and BEHALA celebrated the successful launch of the "ELEKTRA" at the Hermann Barthel shipyard in Derben on 27. May 2021. Now the push boat will be further equipped and fitted out at the quay.

It is planned to carry out inspections and approvals by experts, surveyors and the inspection commission of the Waterways and Shipping Administration in the coming months, and thus to complete the construction and commissioning process.

If nothing more comes, the "ELEKTRA" can be transferred to its home port of Berlin Westhafen at the end of August in order to begin the testing of the transport carrier. The resulting findings will be evaluated in terms of their technical performance and environmental impact as part of InterGreen nodes in collaboration with the Technical University of Wildau. 

Discover more about the project. →


Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-G. Lichtfuß
BEHALA – Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH
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