European flagship action for cold ironing in ports
n the context of the new European Green Deal aiming to prepare the transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions as transport represents 25% of the emission in the European Union, the electrification of the maritime transport is a key challenge to move towards a more competitive and sustainable TEN-T Maritime Network in the future. In line with this framework EALING expresses the needs to accelerate the effective deployment of OPS solutions in the EU maritime ports proposing a concrete approach towards the establishment of a suitable framework for the transition to electrification for 16 EU maritime ports involved in the EALING consortium in different sea basins, that decided to adapt to the new regime of alternative fuels utilization in the maritime sector: Mediterranean Sea (Valencia, Barcelona, Ancona, Trieste, Monfalcone, Venice, Piraeus, Rafina and Koper), Black Sea (Constanta, Varna and Burgas), Atlantic Sea (Gijon, Huelva, Leixoes and Azores) and North Sea (North Sea Irish ports via the Irish Maritime Development office).
EALING aims at implementing the following specific objectives:
- Defining a common harmonised and interoperable Legal and Regulatory framework in order to facilitate the implementation phase of OPS infrastructure in the ports of the consortium
- Ensuring the port to vessel compatibility in the TEN-T Maritime Network, for vessels calling at the ports of the consortium
- Leading all the necessary technical, financial, legal and environmental studies to prepare and accelerate the effective launch of cold ironing and electric bunkering equipment in the ports.