Inland shipping, or inland waterway transport (IWT), offers a cheap and environmentally friendly transport alternative. However, it is a niche player in Europe´s ca. 1 trillion EUR-logistics market: It accounts for just 6 % of the total European transport performance. The majority of transport chains rely on fossil-fuel driven road haulage, although plenty of European cities are conveniently located at rivers with ample capacity.
It is time to unleash the potential of inland shipping. The EU-funded project #IWTS 2.0 invites young professionals and students of European universities of all faculties to join the Inland Waterway Innovation Challenge on the 8th October 2020.
Your contribution to the Innovation Challenge is your contribution to a more climate friendly economy. Offer your pitch to an audience of industry practitioners and earn ECTS-credits at the same time!
It is a day with your new and exciting ideas around two questions:
- What fundamental technical, economic or political changes are needed to position inland shipping as a key enabler in a future CO2-reduced transport system?
- In what form can inland shipping benefit from increased digitization of logistics?