PIONEERS – PORTable Innovation Open Network for Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Solutions

PIONEERS brings together four ports with different characteristics but shared commitments towards Green Deal goals and Blue Growth socio-economic aims.

The PIONEERS project, initiated on 1 October 2021, is a collaborative effort aimed at enhancing sustainability across European ports. It engages the Lighthouse port Antwerp-Bruges and the three fellow ports Barcelona, Venlo, and Constanta, each committed to the Green Deal objectives and Blue Growth socio-economic goals. Coordinated by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, the project involves a consortium of 46 partners focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining competitiveness.

The PIONEERS project is structured around four key pillars:

  1. Clean Energy Production and Supply: Implementation of renewable energy sources and deployment of electric, hydrogen, and methanol vehicles to reduce emissions.
  2. Sustainable Port Design: Retrofitting of buildings and heating networks for energy efficiency, and integration of circular economy principles in infrastructure development.
  3. Modal Shift and Flows Optimization: Utilization of AI and 5G technologies in digital platforms to enhance the efficiency of passenger and freight transport, and optimize vehicle, vessel, and container movements.
  4. Digital Transformation: Adoption of digital technologies to support vehicle automation and improve operational efficiency.
PIONEERS will deliver a Master Plan and roadmap for the energy transition at the participating ports, providing a blueprint for green port planning and implementation across Europe. This includes developing technology evaluation processes, business case analyses, and the necessary institutional, regulatory, and financial frameworks to support the adoption of green port solutions.

The PIONEERS project aims to set a standard for sustainable port operations, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promoting socio-economic growth in line with the Green Deal and Blue Growth objectives. Within the project will be developed:

  • 19 innovative demos with positive environmental impact for ports, port cities and hinterland connections
  • 19 transfers of demonstrations to fellow ports within the project lifecycle
  • Master Plan updates for the four PIONEERS ports with environmental milestones for 2030, 2040 and 2050
  • Framework for collaborative definition and adoption of innovations
  • Combined and scale-up impact of existing innovations
  • Green Port Roadmap acting as a shop window catalogue, enabling European ports to adjust their Master Plans
  • Mobilisation of a Community Programme enabling local and global exploitation of PIONEERS results

Additional information

 
Website: https://pioneers-ports.eu/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pioneers-ports/ X (Twitter): @PIONEERS_EU Pionners project overview poster (PDF)
Project Manager at ALICE: Yuliya Sahitava

Consortium members

  1. HAVENBEDRIJF ANTWERPEN
  2. AUTORITAT PORTUARIA DE BARCELONA
  3. COMPANIA NATIONALA ADMINISTRATIA PORTURILOR MARITIME SA CONSTANTA
  4. GEMEENTE VENLO
  5. MOSAIC FACTOR SL
  6. BALANCE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING GMBH
  7. VECTOS GMBH
  8. INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
  9. PSA ANTWERP NV
  10. AKKA INDUSTRY CONSULTING GMBH
  11. MAGELLAN-ASSOCIACAO PARA A REPRESENTACAO DOS INTERESSES PORTUGUESES NO EXTERIOR
  12. UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
  13. MJC2 LIMITED
  14. PROCTER & GAMBLE SERVICES COMPANY NV
  15. ANTWERP EUROTERMINAL
  16. EUROPEAN INTEGRATED PROJECT
  17. SEAFAR
  18. INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
  19. ENVISION DIGITAL NETHERLANDS BV
  20. CONSTRUCTIEWERKHUIZEN DE MEYER
  21. SHANGHAI MARITIME UNIVERSITY
  22. MACOMI BV
  23. STAD ANTWERPEN
  24. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
  25. DANSER GROUP BV
  26. ENGIE
  27. CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA
  28. INFRABEL SA
  29. L’AIR LIQUIDE BELGE
  30. TCT BELGIUM NV
  31. ECT Delta Terminal B.V.
  32. PRODEVELOP SL
  33. VLAAMSE GEWEST
  34. MEDREPAIR
  35. AUTOMOBIL CLUB ASSISTENCIA SA
  36. LINEAS
  37. VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
  38. VDL STEELWELD BV
  39. UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
  40. ALLIANCE FOR LOGISTICS INNOVATION THROUGH COLLABORATION IN EUROPE
  41. EUROPEAN INLAND WATERWAY TRANSPORT(IWT) PLATFORM
  42. UNION INTERNATIONALE DES TRANSPORTS PUBLICS
  43. CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DE LA CONSTRUCTION
  44. COOPERATIE E-GLM UA
  45. PANTEIA
  46. ANTWERP MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
 


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101037564. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


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