About GIFT PROJECT
Road freight transport is the dominant mode of goods movement across the EU (with a share of 49%) as it represents a cost effective and flexible mode. Its dominance in South East Europe countries may also be attributed to the lower requirements for infrastructure, standards, and legal framework.
However, road transport exhibits significant weaknesses contributing to considerable CO2 emissions, accidents, increased noise level, road congestion and wear. According to the 2010 EU Transport statistics, the contribution of road transport to the GHG Emissions chart reaches 26% whereas according to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents occupy the third position (23%) among the ten leading causes of mortality.
It is evident that in order to relieve the pressure on the roads, transport modes have to be combined so as to reduce congestion, environmental impact, improve safety, reduce economic impact (due to fatalities and environmental harm), while at the same time meet modern demands for reliability, speed and safety.
Over the last two decades, the EU supports this concept by promoting co-modality (mainly under the TEN-T program) as a means for safer and greener approach to freight transport. EU adopted also recently a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas, and reduce Europe's CO2 emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.
The main aim GIFT project is to map, analyze and evaluate the status of the transport sector in the SOUTH EAST EUROPE Regions and to propose new policies and strategies in infrastructure, processes, assets, ICT, legislation, norms and harmonization/ standardization issues, in order to promote innovative green intermodal freight transport corridors.
GIFT project will drill down in three Pan-European Transport Corridors, namely IV, V and VII that cover almost the entire SEE region. In order to fulfill the initial aim, GIFT consortium will map and assess the current status in terms of transport strategy, operations and policies of the three selected Corridors. Subsequently, based on the findings of our analysis, GIFT project will synthesize concrete and pragmatic proposals for the improvement of the current transport network and for relevant policies to promote green transport in the selected corridors. In order to assess the effectiveness of the proposals, GIFT project will develop a series of tools to test their green operation. The aim will be to assess the impact of the proposed improvements and policies in terms of trip duration, cost, risk, and CO2 emissions.
GIFT aims at defining an innovative and integrated roadmap for the development of efficient green transport corridors throughout the SEE region. GIFT offers three major innovative directions:
- Identification of green corridors in the region and promotion of technical innovation.
- Development of proposals for the establishment of regional authorities (i.e. Corridor Operation Agencies) that will be responsible for the corridors operational activities such as planning, monitoring & execution, customs clearance, marketing, training, as well as the issuing of green certificates.
- Develop an ICT tool for intermodal trip planning that will support the minimization of environmental impact.
Consortium and Stakeholders
GIFT consortium represents a significant geographical area of the SEE region (i.e. Balkan region, Black Sea Region, Adriatic Region, Danube region) where freight transport is a dominant sector and key ingredient for the competitiveness of the region.
The structure of the GIFT partnership and the work plan ensures the vibrant involvement of all key relevant stakeholders and target groups. Stakeholders include main policy makers (i.e. Ministries of Transport from Greece and Albania, Executive Agency Maritime Administration- Bulgaria, etc), as well as key transportation operators (i.e. Luka Koper, TRAINOSE, Slovenian Railways, Port of Chioggia, etc).
Target groups include, Port Authorities, Freight forwarders, Logistics & transportation businesses & associations, Chambers of Commerce and industrial associations, SMEs and Large companies, Railway Associations, Operators of combined transport, Operators of rail or road transport, Operators of intermodal terminals and Operators of inland waterways transport.
The active involvement of stakeholders and target groups throughout the project has been foreseen and secured by the activities of the project.