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PASSAGE project – discover best practices from 6 European straits!

The first phase of PASSAGE project (Public AuthoritieS Supporting low-cArbon Growth in European maritime border regions) will end in March 2018, after two years of intensive exchange of experience. After three thematic seminars organised from November 2016 to May 2017, project partners have already many strings on their bow to build strong cross-border action plans in the coming months, in order to contribute to reduce carbon emissions of their territory. The up-coming results of the study of carbon emissions in the straits of the partnership, launched in March 2017, should contribute to reinforce the capacity for action of project partners.

Did you mention “best practices”?

After attending many interesting presentations and a difficult selection process, PASSAGE project partners selected nine exemplary practices for capitalisation. These practices have in common to be able to demonstrate:

  • superior results compared to other practices implemented in the same context,
  • a good capacity to mobilise different types of partners (public, private, academics, civil society) and different sectors of activity,
  • a good potential for transfer in other European regions.

During a seminar in Helsinki on low-carbon transport solutions, the use of alternative energies such as LNG for navigation and port operations was at the heart of the debates. Project partners unanimously selected as a best practice the strategy implemented in the port of Livorno (Corsica Channel) to develop a hub for LNG distribution in the Mediterranean. Innovative services for mobility were also highlighted as a key topic when considering the need to increase the use of public transportation systems to reduce carbon emissions. It was illustrated by a best practice from the Fehmarnbelt, where local authorities on German and Danish shores are developing a single ticket enabling people to easily use public transportation on each side of the maritime border and to use the ferry to cross the strait, for a very interesting price.

Among the successful experiences presented during the seminar in Lecce focusing on environment and attractiveness strategies, PASSAGE project partners highlighted three best practices:

Last but not least, project partners gathered in Bastia focused on the capacity of public authorities to support entrepreneurship and social innovation in a context of low-carbon transition. Among the best practices highlighted, the development of a Smart City based on digital tools in Tallinn (Estonia) offers impressive possibilities to switch to a decarbonized world. On the Finnish side of the Gulf of Finland, the development of the Peloton Club to support start-ups in the field of environment and mitigation of climate change illustrated the opportunities offered by the creation of networks gathering complementary stakeholders. Another successful example was the creation of a voucher to support social and environmental innovation in businesses through a partnership between the Chamber of commerce of Maremma and Tirreno and the University of Pisa (Italy). Finally, the low-carbon transition driven by the implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution developed by Jeremy Rifkin in Hauts-de-France (France) was also selected as an exemplary practice, with innovative tools such as a saving accounts open to all to finance the energy transition projects.

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