More freight shift from road to sea
The European Commission presented a strategy for a greener transport sector which will contribute to the EU achieving the goals of the European Green Deal. When building materials, containers or animal feed need to be transported within the EU, this will increasingly take place on ships.
That is one of the goals of the strategy for ”Sustainable and Smart Mobility” presented by the European Commission. The strategy serves as a catalogue of sorts, mapping how the transport sector in the EU can become greener and contribute to fulfilling the European Green Deal.
”Shipping is one of the greenest forms of freight transport in the world, and therefore it makes great sense that the Commission wants to shift a larger part of freight transport from trucks to ships”, says Jens Valdemar Krenchel, Head of Danish Shipping’s EU Representation in Brussels.
Short sea shipping is explicitly mentioned as a contributor to the green transition.
Additionally, funds will be set aside for research and innovation of alternative fuels and sustainable ship designs.
”We need alternative fuels for the shipping of the future, which must be more climate-friendly. There are already a lot of great ongoing projects which look into how to develop a sustainable fuel which is also profitable to utilise for ships. But the solution has not been found yet, and in Danish Shipping we are therefore pleased that the Commission sets aside funds for necessary research”, says Jens Valdemar Krenchel.
According to the new strategy, transport by inland waterways and short sea shipping will increase by 25% by 2030 and by 50% by 2050.
Source: Danish Shipping