“Med Atlantic Ecobonus Project: a feasibility study contribution towards achieving sustainable freight transport services in the Transeuropean Transport Network” is the title of the final event of Medatlantic Ecobonus Project that will be held in Lisbon (Auditório Rocha Conde d Óbidos – Alcantara Terminal of the Lisbon Port ) on 29th November.
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The 2013 guidelines for the further development of the Transeuropean Transport Network (TEN-T) introduced a new network approach which seeks to ensure better modal integration of the common transport system, departing from the isolated projects approach to the comprehensive and core networks dimension. Moreover, the corridors have proved to be a very effective tool to implement this network approach.
Furthermore, the objectives of sustainability and greening technologies in the transport sector are firmly addressed in the TEN-T regulation as a means of reducing the negative impacts of transport activity on the environment.
In this context, the 2013 guidelines have highlighted the need for sustainable freight transport services, including the motorways of the sea (MoS), as part of the network which could contribute to more efficient and greener transport. This approach not only takes future infrastructure and mobility needs into account – as in the past – but also considerations such as resource efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.
However, these environmental achievements are one of the major challenges transport operators are currently facing, in particular the obligation to reduce polluting and carbon emissions. This is the case of the maritime transport sector regarding the regulation on Sulphur content of maritime fuel, which already has considerable impacts due to its entry into force by 2020.
Having regard to this regulatory evolution and its implementation, the Med Atlantic Ecobonus (MAE) Action, which is an institutional study co-financed by the European Union (EU), has undertaken a comprehensive analysis on the potential use of eco-incentives measures to stimulate sustainable freight transport services, both in the current TEN-T framework as well as in the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) mechanism for the 2021-2027 period. It is also worth noting that the approach is aimed at EU level. Therefore adaptable to all EU regions and all modes of transport.
As a result, the MAE Action formulates an approach to eco-incentives based on common principles at EU level and delivers an ex-ante analysis demonstrating the impact of such a measure for the particular case of the Motorways of the Sea market servicing alternative routes for the road transport sector in the Atlantic and West Mediterranean regions.
The example takes on board the recommendations of the Sulphur Directive to avoid negative effects on modal (back) shift as a direct consequence of the increase in the price of the maritime ticket.
At the final event of the MAE Action which will be held on the 29th November 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, the results of the study will be presented to the stakeholders. Moreover, the event will be a unique opportunity to hold a discussion on ways of ensuring further EU financial support to sustainable freight transport services.