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In preparation for this, the European Commission has launched the Green Inland Ports Study. The study aims to support European inland ports to become zero-emission, sustainable hubs connecting Europe.

The study assesses the environmental impact of ports on their surroundings, looks at the role of digitalisation in becoming more sustainable and identifies opportunities to adopt inland waterway transport for urban mobility and short-distance transport.

These elements will form the basis for the development of a quality management system that monitors the environmental and sustainable performance of the ports. This system will be tested in a minimum of ten inland ports.

Throughout the study the involvement of stakeholders is key and participation is highly welcomed. Please get in touch via the contact page.


The study will focus on four key elements relating to inland ports:


Environmental Impacts and Energy Efficiency and Transition

Inland Ports are essential to achieving the EU Green Deal and decarbonising our transport systems. Our research focuses on determining the environmental impacts of inland ports and the obstacles inland ports face in their journey to becoming more sustainable.


Urban mobility and short-range inland waterway transport

Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) holds untapped potential for the future of sustainable urban transport. Through our research, we will look at how Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) can contribute to the success of the EU Green Deal and create cleaner urban environments.



Digitalisation is a key tool to unlocking the sustainability potential of inland ports. It can transform and streamline processes, helping ports to be more efficient and adopt sustainable practices.


Environmental and sustainable tools:

Uniquely positioned, inland ports face environmental regulations while striving for sustainable growth. Port managers urgently require practical, cost-effective tools to facilitate the environmental and sustainable development of ports.

We also welcome your feedback on inland ports and how they can be improved.