Within the framework of the SUPAIR (Sustainable Ports of Adriatic-Ionian Region) project, where CERTH-HIT participates as a project member, the “Transnational Cooperative Network of Adriatic-Ionian Sustainable and Low-Carbon Ports” was established. The aforementioned Network of green ports was established through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the SUPAIR core project members, 3 scientific/technical institutes (AREA Science Park, CERTH-HIT, Venice International University) and 7 ports ( Venice, Trieste, Koper, Bar, Durres, Thessaloniki, Piraeus)
The SUPAIR project is funded under the Interreg Adrion V-B programme with a total budget of 1.4 million EUR. Its main aim is to reduce the environmental impact of port operations among the 7 Port Authorities that participate in the project, through the development and implementation of Action Plans that support environmental friendly and low carbon practices. Figure 1 presents the range of solutions that were explored by the SUPAIR ports.
The Purpose of the Network is the dissemination of the SUPAIR project’s results, as well as to establish a non-legally or financially binding cooperation between signatory members and other entities that wish to join, in the field of sustainable port development, environmental & energy management and low carbon port solutions.
The Memorandum of Understanding describes the main following characteristics of the Network:
- Purpose: The establishment of a “Transnational Cooperative Network of Adriatic-Ionian Sustainable and Low-Carbon Ports”
- Overall goal: Continuation of the low carbon solutions and action plans that the ports have taken within the framework of SUPAIR project beyond its duration, and promotion of environmentally friendly transport system solutions for port operations. In addition, the Network aims to improve the cooperation and relationships within the port community of the region and beyond.
- Thematic areas of cooperation: Environmental and energy aspects of the ports; mobility issues for accessing the port; freight and logistics; training and skills of employees; socio-economic issues between port authorities and local communities; legislation and regulations for ports.
- Network governance
- Ways of cooperation between the Network members
- The initial duration of the cooperation Network is expected to be three years with the possibility of potential extension
Core SUPAIR network members
Apart from the core founding members of the Network, additional new members have shown interest in joining the Network and signing the MoU. Specifically, these are the new joining ports and institute members: Vlore, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, Corfu, Volos, Patra, Ortona and Vasto, Instituti I Transportit- Albania
New signing members
For further information and results regarding the SUPAIR project please visit the site https://supair.adrioninterreg.eu.