Source of funding


Name of client/donor

Romanian Maritime Training Centre (lead partner)

Consortium members

Pro Danube Management, Black Sea-Danube Association for Research and Development, Inland Navigation Development Centre, Danube Delta National Institute, Danube Competence Center, National Association of Radio Distress Signalling and Infocommunications (Hungary), Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems (Germany), Lower Danube Association for Cross-border Cooperation (Romania)

Overall project value

EUR 1,586,244


January 2017 – June 2019

Beneficiary countries

Austria | Bulgaria | Croatia | Germany | Hungary | Romania | Serbia

Number of staff


The various functions that rivers fulfil – as natural habitats, drinking water supply, transport routes and recreational areas – should be considered in an integrated, holistic way. Developing one function should not put any of the others at risk. As inland waterway transport (IWT) is a relatively green mode of transportation, the sector is earmarked to grow by about 80 percent in the EU by 2040, compared to a 2010 baseline. However, without policy intervention, by 2020 the average level of emissions of air pollutants from inland navigation vessels could, in many cases, be higher than that of trucks. It is therefore important to adopt a common transnational approach in order to develop the sector in a sustainable way.

The main objective of the project is to strengthen environmentally friendly, safe and balanced IWT systems. GREEN DANUBE responds to the challenge by making a direct contribution to more effective and integrated approaches to limiting the impacts of IWT on the Danube ecosystem. GREEN DANUBE will also contribute to improving European environmental policy by developing and providing a strategy to reduce pollutant emissions from Danube navigation activities using innovative green technologies, and will also contribute to a policy agenda on integrating project outputs into the existing legislative framework.

The GREEN DANUBE project was launched in response to the specific needs of the Danube IWT sector. It is part of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, which promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube region through policy integration in selected fields. The programme acts as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs where transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results. Green Danube is implemented under the thematic priority "Better connected and energy responsible Danube region", which tackles challenges related to environmentally friendly, low-noise, low-carbon and safe transport systems.

The consortium partners will:

  • determine and assess the level of pollutant emissions in pre-selected Danube areas and develop indicative actions to meet emissions standards, to be enforced by appropriate EC regulations and directives currently under development;
  • investigate and assess existing green technologies and best practices and provide tailor-made innovative solutions;
  • contribute to a reduction in emissions by promoting the use of innovative technologies via a survey on the characteristics and operating regimes of inland navigation vessels passing through pre-selected areas, a proposal to establish alternative fuel supply facilities, and optimum sailing behaviour recommendations;
  • develop a policy agenda that will serve as an essential tool for decision makers, national public authorities, international organisations and international interest groups by providing recommendations for policy orientation based on the findings of specific project activities, a targeted assessment of the existing policy and legislative framework, and validation with relevant stakeholders, and integrate key project conclusions into the existing EU, national and regional policy and legislative frameworks; and
  • contribute to more effective information sharing through innovative tools such as IWT environmental information centres and organising transnational pilot actions to raise public awareness.
  • Air quality measurements and assessment
  • Database creation and analysis
  • Policy assessment
  • Policy development
  • Information dissemination