EU’s TEN-T programmes: initiatives and key priorities

ten-tEnvironmental protection, improved logistics interconnections, LNG (liquefied natural gas) facilities: these are the key priorities on which the European Commission is investing through the TEN-T programmes.

Over the past months the EU has rapidly increased its support in order to achieve fundamental goals like reduce the pollution deriving from the maritime sector or improve the freight traffic connections, especially in over-congested ports.

This is what happened in the Austrian Port of Linz, where the EU has invested over €850,000to increase the port’s capacity to receive larger inland water, rail and road transport flows and in the Port of Dublin, which will be co-funded with almost €2.5 million studies to improve the freight traffic connection to the main rail and road axis linking Ireland to the UK and continental Europe.

From the environmental side, the EU’s TEN-T programmes will support or have already supported ambitious projects, often aimed at encouraging a widespread use of LNG as a marine fuel in the shipping sector. Prime examples are represented by the pilot construction (financed with almost €4 million )of the UK’s first LNG bunker at Teesport near Middlesbrough and the LNG propulsion system of two new ships, and the construction of a LNG ferry and fuel station in the North Sea. This last project (allowed by a €4 million financing to two German companies) is expected to increase thenumber of ships using LNG in future.

Another noteworthy project is that of Civitavecchia Port, where an innovative pilot energy production plant using sea waves, as well as a separate study on the development of rail and maritime transport connections to the port will be co-funded totalling over €1 million. This EU-funded project is expected to help reduce the port’s energy dependency and pollution, as well as ease transport flows.