EFIP, thinkport Vienna and SECI hold workshop on the realisation of hydrogen in inland ports.
27 April 2023
Hydrogen has been identified by the EU as one of the primary energy carriers of the future that will help realise the green energy transition. This requires a transformation of the European logistics and energy network. Core to this transformation will be the role of ports.
In order to prepare for this, EFIP and thinkport Vienna organised a workshop series on the realisation of hydrogen in inland ports.
Throughout these workshops, inland ports examined the various facets of hydrogen development in inland ports by inviting a wide range of experts. In this process inland ports identified challenges and further recommendations to realise the hydrogen value chain around inland ports in Europe. They did so by discussing with sector experts on hydrogen initiatives from across Europe.
On 27 April 2023, the SECI hosted a number of inland ports representatives for the final workshop of this hydrogen series to agree on a common position on realising hydrogen in inland ports. This included far reaching discussions about issues of safety, planning, financing and deployment.
Michael Fazekas, SECI Executive Coordinator: “SECI focuses on trans-border cooperation programs and projects in the fields of infrastructure, trade, traffic, security, energy, environment/climate and the private sector. Hydrogen – as an energy vector – supports the decarbonisation of industry, transport, power generation and buildings, and can power sectors that are not suitable for electrification. Furthermore, it will play an important role in the transition to renewable energy sources by providing a mechanism to flexibly transfer energy across sectors, time, and place. This wide-ranging potential of hydrogen provides excellent opportunities for the Danube region and its ports to move their energy systems and economies further along the decarbonisation pathways according to their national potentials.”
Antoine Berbain, President of EFIP, said: “Hydrogen is an energy carrier around which Europe is planning its energy transition in particular for logistics. Inland vessels, trucks and trains can use hydrogen to realise zero-emission transport. The result of this workshop gives us guidance and direction in what inland ports can do in this hydrogen transition”.
Friedrich Lehr, Vice-President of EFIP, said: “thinkport VIENNA gathers expertise in fostering innovation and supporting new solutions. Its collaboration with EFIP allowed the European inland ports to orient themselves in the largely unknown area of the energy transition and hydrogen deployment. This collaboration is the first step in realising our commitment to green and sustainable logistics.”
The final position paper collecting the workshop’s findings and recommendations will be published in its final form in the coming weeks.
The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together nearly 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of European inland ports as real intermodal nodal points in the transport and logistic chain, combining inland waterway transport with rail, road, and maritime transport.
Thinkport VIENNA is a logistics innovations hub which confronts the challenges of smart logistics and develops comprehensive, long-term solutions. We aim to create an open environment for innovation and co-creation and real test environments for smart logistics concepts.