“Transport corridors help reduce CO2-emissions”
Collaboration on strong transport corridors is an important step forward to a lower CO2-emission, said Rik Janssen during the Ports and the City congress.
“In Zuid-Holland, we place sensors along our inland waterways that allow us to constantly have a clear view of the total number of vessels at corridor level. That is how we ensure an optimum use and an efficient through-flow of the road, rail and waterway transport. That in turn leads to shorter waiting times, a lower fuel consumption and less CO2-emissions”, stated Regional Minister Rik Janssen.
Declaration of Nijmegen
On behalf of the Province of Zuid-Holland, Regional Minister Janssen and, among others, the inland shipping industry and Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management) signed the Declaration of Nijmegen on 12 April. "I want to stress that the involvement of the skippers and the inland shipping industry in this, is of paramount importance", stated Regional Minister Janssen. The Declaration of Nijmegen, an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in close cooperation with European Green Capital Nijmegen, is where authorities, ports, logistic companies and transhippers agree to expedite a more sustainable shipping. At the moment, the inland transport emits around 2.1 Megaton annually, and in 2030 that has to be reduced to at most 1.7 Megaton. That is a 20% reduction and equals the emissions of almost 50,000 households.
The Province of Zuid-Holland will host the Corridor Week from 5 to 8 November inclusive. At the initiative of the Province, European partners such as the Flemish-Dutch Delta and the EGTC Rhine-Alps Corridor will meet to take steps in the further development of various promising transport corridors. In Nijmegen, Regional Minister Janssen expressed the hope that the Green Deal Inland Shipping could be signed during the Corridor Week by the Government, provinces, municipalities and the inland shipping industry. This would make the ‘greening’ of the inland shipping industry possible on an even wider scale, as the industry's input for the Climate and Energy Agreement that still has to be signed.
Ports and the City
The signing of the Declaration took place during the two-day Ports and the City congress in Nijmegen, which focussed on the question how inland ports and their environment could be structured more liveable, sustainable and smart. The province attended with, among other things, the Freight by Water and the European LIFE fund project CLean Inland Shipping (CLINSH). The Declaration of Nijmegen was signed by, among others, Heineken, NedCargo, Danser Group, the Province of Gelderland and the Municipalities of Rotterdam and Nijmegen.