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PASSAGE project - European straits take action to reduce carbon emissions

The first phase of PASSAGE project is ending in March 2018 and will set the place for the implementation of the cross-border action plans designed by the partners to reduce carbon emissions in their straits.

PASSAGE project (Public AuthoritieS Supporting low-cArbon Growth in European maritime border regions) will run until March 2020. Partners from 6 European straits (Dover Strait, Gulf of Finland, Fehmarnbelt, Strait of Otranto, Strait of Corfu, Corsica Channel) have joined forces to design cross-border action plans to be implemented starting April 2018.

The partners of PASSAGE project gathered in Corfu in November 2017, to discuss the content of the action plans to be designed on each strait of the partnership. The actions proposed by the partners are based on the exchange of experience started from 2016 and the results of the carbon emissions’ study implemented by I-Care & Consult in 2017 (the full results of the study will soon be available on PASSAGE website).

The last seminar of PASSAGE project in Kent, in March 2018, was the opportunity for all partners to share the result of their work. The action plans presented at this occasion are rich and diverse, answering the specificities of each of the territories involved in the project.

 

The action plan of the Gulf of Finland(Finland/Estonia) has an important focus on low-carbon transport solutions, in view of the many cross-border projects already targeting this issue and of the recent conclusions of FinEst Link feasibility study for a tunnel between the two capital cities Helsinki and Tallinn.

In the straits of Otranto and Corfu (Italy/Greece/Albania), partners are expecting to work on citizen engagement, energy communities, energy efficiency of ports, but also green certificates to encourage a low-carbon approach in several sectors.

For the strait of Fehmarn (Denmark/Germany), the priority is to accompany the development of the fixed link between the two countries and to anticipate the opening of new railways and train stations to encourage low-carbon mobility behaviours.

The action plan of the Corsica Channel (France/Italy) bets on the development of a circular economy - especially in the sectors of tourism, agriculture and ports - to trigger a low-carbon development, in a island-context with limited ressources.

In the Strait of Dover/Pas de Calais(France/UK), partners have identified many levers of actions (lobbying, development of low-carbon ports, alternative fuels for ships, synergies between local strategies, fight against energy scarcity, short and local supply chains...) to engage stakeholders in the acceleration of the low-carbon transition, already impulsed by the Third industrial revolution (rev3) in Hauts-de-France and by the Kent Environment Strategy.

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