Inland waterways are a sustainable transport mode, but its full potential to contribute to the sustainability and efficiency of the European transport and logistics is not fully exploited.

There is a need for more innovation in the Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) sector in order to keep up with the state-of-the-art of developments in modern logistics and transport technology. In particular, fuel efficiency, emission of pollutants and unexploited potential market share are key areas where more innovation can lead to improvements.

The innovation centres will be conducting promotion and awareness activities, as well as the implementation of concrete business cases to facilitate this uptake.