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The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is committed to improving the quality of air at ports and is now providing financial assistance to the environmentally friendly on-board and mobile shore-side supply of electricity to sea-going ships and inland waterway vessels.

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said:

Less NOx, less CO2 – we need clean air at our ports. They are both an economic factor and a major tourist attraction. To make waterborne transport even more attractive and modern, we are supporting the use of shore-side electricity at ports. We are providing federal funding totalling 11 million euros for the on-board and mobile shore-side supply of electricity. At the same time, we are examining how the deployment of fixed shore-side electricity systems by the federal states can be supported by the Federal Government. There can be no doubt about our objective: we want shore-side electricity to be available at all ports in the future. That is why we are lobbying for the EU-wide introduction of a requirement to provide shore-side electricity.


Starting today, innovative projects for the real-world trialling of environmentally friendly on-board and mobile (containerized, rolling or floating) shore-side electricity supply systems can receive financial assistance from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Requests can be submitted by interested applicants who are investing in alternative systems for the supply of on-board or mobile shore-side electricity to ships. Real-world trialling with supporting scientific research is desirable and is eligible for funding. In addition to the project funding, separate funding guidelines for the broad-based market activation of environmentally friendly on-board and mobile shore-side supply technologies that have already been trialled in real-world conditions are being developed.