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Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2021-07-31

Climate change is an ever-growing concern and new policies at EU and international level also target the emissions emitted by the waterborne transport sector, that can be considered as a difficult sector in terms of abating the GHG emissions.

In this context, STEERER aims to support the Co-Programmed Partnership on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport (ZEWT) in the framework of Horizon Europe, in providing and demonstrating zero-emission solutions for all main ship types and services before 2030, thus enabling zero-emission waterborne transport before 2050. Support will be ensured through four key actions:

• help setting the sector’s emission targets towards 2050;
• contribute to the developing updating and monitoring of the partnership’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to reach these targets in time;
• designing an Implementation Plan for this strategic agenda;
• implementing a communication campaign for wider audience, aimed at broader awareness of the waterborne transport sector and its commitment towards zero-emission transport.
WP1 Project Management is focused on two directions. The first is the technical, financial and administrative management. The second direction is to set-up and work with the project’s Scientific Committee (SC). The SC is an advisory body tasked with the consolidation of various inputs together with the project partners, and the preparation of the agenda and meeting documents for the GSEG. The SC has already met two times and has reviewed draft documents from WP2 on the decarbonisation scenarios and the means to achieve them.

WP2 Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and Implementation Plan provides the backbone of the content development in STEERER.
The first action done was to support the development of the ZEWT Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). The work covered the first part of 2020.
The first result in terms of a standalone document was ‘D2.1 State of play of decarbonisation of waterborne transport’, that presented an in-depth overview of the existing findings of relevant projects and best practices, initiatives, existing decarbonisation strategies and visions for the waterborne transport sector.
Partners are currently working on two deliverables dealing with scenarios with quantified targets for 2025, 2030 and 2050, and the areas of intervention and related actions to implement them. Preparations have also started for deliverable Advice to 1st ZEWT Research Agenda and its implementation Plan.

WP3 Green Shipping Expert Group (GSEG) / Stakeholder Consultation focuses on the establishment and coordination of the Green Shipping Expert Group and on the broader stakeholders’ engagement.
The GSEG is the key STEERER advisory body, with almost 50 experts representing: shipowners (maritime and inland navigation), equipment manufacturers, ports, classification societies, shipyards, EC representatives, etc. The Broader Group of Stakeholders encompasses organisations with significant interests in waterborne transport: industry, transport operators, cities and regional authorities, research institutes, etc. They are largely the members and networks of the STEERER partners.
The GSEG has already met once to provide information on the trends and drivers (based on D2.1) that would enable to move towards zero-emission waterborne transport by 2050. Subsequently, the results were presented for consultation to the wide database of stakeholders. Based on them, the STEERER partners wrote the public deliverable ‘D3.3 Results of the first consultation phase: Trends and drivers for change’.

For WP4 Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation, a number of activities have already been implemented: visual identity and website; social media accounts; flyers, newsletters and roll-ups; a campaign with dedicated ‘ambassadors’ to support the project dissemination.
On-going WP4 actions: the promotion of frontrunners identified in D2.1; the citizens’ campaign, to raise awareness among the wider society about the importance of environmental performance and moving towards the goal of zero-emission waterborne transport; etc.
For WP1, the partners will organise at least three other SC meetings, in order to review the WP2 deliverables and to prepare the GSEG workshops.

In WP2, six other public deliverables will be produced. These deliverables are crucial as they will prepare the update of the Partnership’s SRIA, ensuring that the waterborne transport sector will make the best RD&I investments decisions to ensure the decarbonisation of the sector. This work is coupled with a proposal on the public policy instruments that will complement and reinforce the foreseen investments. Moreover, STEERER will also ensure that the stakeholders not involved in ZEWT will be aware of the main investment directions and thus be able to align.

WP3 will organise three other GSEG workshops, in order to review and discuss the main information from the WP2 deliverables. Each GSEG workshop will be followed by a survey through which the STEERER partners will consult the broader group of stakeholders on the main points discussed in the workshop, which need to be included in the WP2 deliverables. The results of these consultations will be fed into the WP2 deliverables, then published as standalone deliverables.
At the end of the project, the STEERER partners also have an obligation to ensure the continuation of the GSEG existence and activities through the creation of a new advisory body to the ZEWT Partnership and the broader waterborne transport community, the STEERER Network. And these experts have a commitment to contribute to the ZEWT developments.

In parallel, WP4 will continue with the dissemination activities: articles, press releases, social media, public reports, the continuation of the Ambassadors’ Campaign, the Citizens’ campaign and the D2.1 frontrunners; the mid-term and final conferences; etc.
In addition, this WP will ensure that the information will be both easily available for the waterborne transport community through two public deliverables on the Exploitation of Action Results and Policy Recommendations
A special impact to be achieved is awareness raising among the ordinary citizens in the EU of the importance that the waterborne transport sector has in the EU economy as well as its challenges. The two issues are closely related, since most of the goods sold in the EU have been transported by ships; the same goes for a lot of the EU exports.
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