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GIFT project: green corridors are established

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The closing of the Green Intermodal Freight Transport (GIFT) project was held in Budapest with the participation of more than a dozen project partners from ten South-East European countries.

The experts have concluded that aims of the project have been met: an innovative and integrated route map covering the whole of the South-East Europe in order to establish efficient green transport corridors, the program effectively promoted sustainable freight modes and provided incentives for the economic actors to apply green solutions.
The International Green Freight Cluster was founded. The cooperation – which Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt was among the first ones to join – is open to all carriers and transporters aiming at reducing their ecological footprint.
At the closing conference an agreement was initiated between companies, state organisations, educational institutions and NGO organisations taking part in the projects about the continuance of development of Green Corridors in South-East Europe.
There was also a suggestion regarding the long term maintenance of the Green Observatory website enabled by the project (www.greenobservatory.eu). It shows the extent of CO2 emissions of the companied with freight or transporting activities in corridors IV, V and VII from the data these companied uploaded voluntarily. The program aggregates the data according to corridors and/or countries, and the data can be used by government and NGO organisations for their studies and taking measures.
Participants of the conference – experts from railway companies, ports, transport authorities and universities from the region – have concluded that the program, which was initiated two and a half years ago, has highlighted the possibilities of reducing environmental impact in the region. Representatives of the affected states have decided to continue with certain elements of the cooperation even after the project has been closed.
The project is funded by South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. The Hungarian Government is financing 10% of the costs of the Hungarian partners. Members from 10 countries are working on the successful implementation of the GIFT project. Hungary is represented by Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt, Iparfejlesztési Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. and Bajai Országos Közforgalmú Kikötőműködtető Kft.

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