Public AuthoritieS Supporting low-cArbon Growth in European maritime border regions (PASSAGE)
Brief description of the Project:
Carbon emissions generated by human activity definitely contribute to climate change. Maritime and logistics flows, port operations and related industries leave a particularly large carbon footprint in strait areas. The aim of PASSAGE project is to reduce the consequences of such flows and activities on climate change by promoting low-carbon initiatives. The long-term competitiveness of the straits depends on it.
In the context of a low-carbon society, maritime and coastal zones hold a specific potential based on maritime resources and sea-related innovation – the so-called “blue growth”.
It is always worth reminding that carbon dioxide emissions do not stop at national borders. Although every public player makes an effort to reduce emissions to the extent they can, very specific coordination is nevertheless required in border areas, where the goals and interests of each region may differ from one place to the next. Consultation is therefore needed between public and private players on both sides of each border, as well as an integrated approach beyond the borders towards environmental issues.
In the case of maritime borders, discontinuity between regions and a physical border strongly marked by the presence of the sea may complicate the above-mentioned approach, which may seem natural to others. One of the goals of the PASSAGE project is to promote cross-border consultation within maritime borders so as to take full advantage of the opportunities linked to low-carbon development and “blue” economy.
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