InnoPolis participated in the seminar hosted by Kent County Council in Dover (Kent, UK) from 5 to 8 March 2018 for the last partnership seminar before starting the second phase of the PASSAGE project, dedicated to the implementation of their 6 action plans.
The action plans presented were rich and diverse, answering the specificities of each of the territories involved in the project.
The action plan of the Gulf of Finland (Finland/Estonia) has an important focus on low-carbon transport solutions, in view of the many cross-border projects already targeting this issue and of the recent conclusions of FinEst Link feasibility study for a tunnel between the two capital cities Helsinki and Tallinn.
In the straits of Otranto and Corfu (Italy/Greece/Albania), partners are expecting to work on citizen engagement, energy communities, energy efficiency of ports, but also green certificates to encourage a low-carbon approach in several sectors.
For the strait of Fehmarn (Denmark/Germany), the priority is to accompany the development of the fixed link between the two countries and to anticipate the opening of new railways and train stations to encourage low-carbon mobility behaviours.
The action plan of the Corsica Channel (France/Italy) bets on the development of a circular economy – especially in the sectors of tourism, agriculture and ports – to trigger a low-carbon development, in a island-context with limited resources.
In the Strait of Dover/Pas de Calais (France/UK), partners have identified many levers of actions (lobbying, development of low-carbon ports, alternative fuels for ships, synergies between local strategies, fight against energy scarcity, short and local supply chains…) to engage stakeholders in the acceleration of the low-carbon transition, already impulsed by the Third industrial revolution (rev3) in Hauts-de-France and by the Kent Environment Strategy.
Partners have also discussed a joint strategy to disseminate the results of the “carbon emissions’ study” now being finalised by I-Care Consult, which assesses for the first time the carbon emissions generated by the various in-land and on-sea activities in straits areas.