Ports have been vital gateways for prosperity and an engine for growth for centuries. And while they constitute an important economic asset for their regions, they can also have significant negative environmental impacts.
Inefficient road traffic in port areas causing CO2 emissions has been much overlooked. It involves a complex nexus of different port stakeholders engaged in various kinds of daily port activities, in particular in the course of transporting goods, operational and administrative procedures – all of which is powered by CO2 intensive fuels.
Optimising road traffic in port areas and developing strategies for smooth and efficient transport flows has been a crucial challenge for policy makers in order to reduce CO2 emissions. However, in most European regions, structural funds programmes or other relevant policy instruments, have neglected to address this problem in the past.
The SMOOTH PORTS project sets out to change that.
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