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The EU plans to go climate neutral and climate resilient by 2050 and so will inland waterways.
Expansion of the existing land infrastructure is challenging and expensive to meet the increasing demand for public transport and city logistics. Rivers and canals have been arteries for trade and commerce since centuries, connecting ports with inland centres of industry, agriculture and consumption. Clean and smart inland shipping decrease costly congestion in and around cities. At the same time waterways are much more than transport corridors. The waterfront is a shared and climate responsive space where it is good to live, work, enjoy and trade and burst of activities co-exist.

Fit-for-future inland waterways
Vision 1 300Expansion of the existing land infrastructure is challenging and expensive to meet the increasing demand for public transport and city logistics. Rivers and canals have been arteries for trade and commerce since centuries, connecting ports with inland centres of industry and consumption. Investment in the waterway infrastructure and transshipment facilities helps to decrease costly congestion in and around cities. At the same time waterways are much more than transport corridors. The waterfront is a shared and climate responsive space where it is good to live, work, enjoy and trade and burst of activities co-exist.

 

Smart and connected
Vision 2 300Collection and sharing of high quality information have enabled digitalisation and automation improving door-to-door trips. Freight and passenger solutions are user-centric, adaptive and integrated across modes while respecting data privacy and ensuring cybersecurity. They also optimise sustainable transport, safe operation of assets, capacity use of available space and infrastructure, i.e. the whole life cycle management of assets and equipment by constant monitoring, thereby enhancing business and policy decision making.

 

 

 

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