Project ID: PA1A150
Project website: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/grendel
Studies carried out to quantify environmental costs ultimately show the same result: Inland waterway transport (IWT) is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport in terms of GHG emissions per tonne-kilometre. Shipping more goods on water reduces GHG, traffic congestion and accidents. Inland vessels offer an enormous carrying capacity per transport unit and inland waterways dispose of ample unused infrastructure capacity. However, there is still significant potential for reducing energy use (up to 10-20%) and pollutant emissions (up to 80%), in particular with regard to existing vessels as well as a large potential for modal shift by improved services. To respond to the challenges of climate change low carbon and renewable fuels and alternative propulsion options need to be implemented on a wide scale.
Based on a variety of reasons, market take-up of innovations in IWT proceeds only slowly. A number of barriers slow down or prevent deployment of low-carbon and renewable fuels as well as alternative propulsion solutions in the IWT sector, among them:
Several EU-funded waterborne projects addressed the best available greening technologies and concepts. Through these projects the awareness for the greening technologies in the sector increased, however mainly in the Western Europe countries.
GRENDEL combines the outcomes of previous project and builds upon their experience and know-how, such as H2020 “Prominent”, TEN-T “LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube”, CEF “Breakthrough” and LIFE project “CLINSH” as well as the outcomes of projects carried out in the Danube region like Innovative Danube Vessel, or currently running DTP project “Green Danube”.
Speciality of the GRENDEL project in comparison to previous projects is that it focuses on the needs and directly involves mainly the Danube IWT vessel owners and operators and the public authorities responsible for the development inland water transport towards the green, modern as well as cost and energy efficient transport mode.
The overall objective of the project is to support Danube fleet operators as well as public bodies (like ministries & relevant authorities) which are relevant for regulatory and policy actions in their efforts to set up a comprehensive strategy and concrete actions for launching a targeted long-term Danube fleet modernisation process on a transnationally harmonised basis.
GRENDEL will address the following fleet modernisation aspects: [i] use of low carbon & alternative fuels, [ii] reduction of air pollutant emissions (CO2, NOx, PM) and [iii] reduction of overall energy consumption. Besides this, [iv] transport & logistics management processes will be addressed to ensure better integration of the Danube IWT into logistics chains through new services (including RIS), digital data provision as well as dedicated tools to improve efficiency of fleet operations.
This overall objective will be achieved through 3 specific objectives:
The project is divided into 5 work packages:
WP1 “Project Management” deals with the project management tasks required on a daily basis in line with the conditions imposed by the funding programme. The preparation of project documents (work plan, progress reports) and the formation of a Steering Committee authorised to take decisions at consortium level are foreseen tasks within this work-package. The financial and quality management of the overall project is also included in this section and it is performed in line with the programme rules.
WP2 “Communication Activities” is designed to inform the general public and IWT public & private stakeholders about the progress made at project level and disseminate details about the deliverables and results achieved by the consortium. All tasks foreseen here will be carried out in line with the publicity guidelines established by the funding programme. Communication aspects are analysed internally, between the consortium members, and externally, promoting the project outputs and results to relevant stakeholders all across the Danube Region. The official start-up and closure of the project are marked by special events reuniting external and internal project stakeholders.
WPs 3-5 constitute the central pillars for the Danube IWT fleet modernisation activities: identification of investment needs on national and regional levels including financial volumes, technical priorities and timeline (WP3), preparatory actions for the fleet modernisation (WP4) and fostering favourable regulatory framework, well-designed public support measures together with the elaboration of a strategy for the Danube IWT fleet modernisation (WP5).
WP3 “Fleet Investment Planning” capitalises results of EU-funded projects and consolidates them into the inventory of greening technologies, decision support tools, solutions supporting efficient fleet & cargo management which will be basis for identification of investment volumes and priorities on national levels. Through know-how transfer events and learning interactions, the Danube IWT industry will receive up-to-date knowledge about technologies and solutions to modernise the IWT fleet and related processes as well as concerning new regulations (NRMM & ES-TRIN) and their impact on fleet operation.
WP4 “Fleet Modernisation Preparatory Actions” triggers preparatory actions necessary for the IWT fleet modernisation. The selected Danube fleet operators will prepare pioneering green vessels’ concepts in view of the most promising greening technologies for certain vessel types. Moreover, internal fleet and cargo management processes and requirements of involved fleet operators will be analysed and proposals for improvements will be drafted. Best practice examples from vessel operators from Western Europe will be considered as input for improvement of transport & logistics operations of Danube IWT operators. As part of the preparatory actions, assistance as regards financing options will be provided.
WP5 “Regulation & Strategy” will tackle regulatory framework through the public consultations pursuing the interests of the Danube IWT sector for Danube Commission and its members to prepare conditions for Danube fleet modernisation. Based on the consolidated investment needs (Act 3.3) a model State Aid scheme and innovative financial instruments will be developed and used by Member States to develop & implement public support measures for the Danube IWT fleet modernisation. Whole work will be consolidated into the comprehensive Danube IWT Fleet Modernisation Strategy.
Private and public entities from eight (8) ERDF/IPA countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia [current change request], Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania) which border the Danube are represented in the GRENDEL consortium enabling a truly transnational work approach, fostering exchange of experiences and preparing the basis of the fleet modernisation activities and development of widely aligned solutions. The selected partners are key stakeholders for the future modernisation of the inland shipping on the Danube and are capable to tackle main problems related to the modernisation of inland vessels fleets and its inclusion into the logistics chains, such as:
Public bodies like ministries which provide the regulatory framework for the Danube shipping joined forces with private fleet operators, their associations, specialised consultancy firms, logistics companies and training institutes. This close public - private cooperation not only ensures a wide range of expertise from different angles but also guarantees well-balanced solutions in the interest of states and industry. The partnership structure also ensures quick transferability of the elaborated strategies, pilot actions, guidelines and recommendations and full take up into the public and private sector. The cooperation of key stakeholders from peer organisations of the entire Danube region provides a sound basis for a permanent working platform of Danube, using the Danube Commission umbrella to ensure durability of the output of GRENDEL as well as the further development of the Danube inland vessels fleet beyond the project.
Main target groups:
Start date: 01.06.2018
End date: 30.11.2020
Total budget: 1,824,999.20 EUR
EU funds: 1,481,137.05 EUR (European Regional Development Fund)
70,112.25 EUR (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance)
funded by Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) 2014 – 2020
National funds: Danube transnational programme: up to 15% per ERDF/IPA beneficiary depending on the ERDF countries’ rules
Private funds: up to 15% per ERDF/IPA beneficiary depending on the rules for provision of national contributions to ERDF beneficiaries in the DTP countries (for those partners where countries do not provide national funds)
Funded partners (ERDF):
Funded Partner (IPA):
Associated Strategic partners (not funded):
The project goes along with other approved 1st call DTP projects
Policy papers & strategies:
National strategies/policies (some of the national strategies and policies are dedicated to the transport development in general with IWT transport mentioned as part of these strategies):
Legislation & standards:
“GRENDEL - GReen and EfficieNt DanubE fLeet” is the 3rd project that addresses the objectives defined in the “Green Deal for Danube River Transport”, the policy & business framework to improve efficiency & environmental performance of Danube waterway transport system elaborated by Pro Danube. The other two projects funded by the Danube Transnational Programme are:
Data provided by: Charlotte Siot (Pro Danube International) - 13.09.2018