European Commission funds transport projects to cut gas emissions
The European Commission will provide funding for several projects that contribute to reducing the impact of climate change, as part of a wider plan to improve transport infrastructure in the EU.
The Commission has selected four transport infrastructure projects, costing €9.37m (£7.48m), that will look into reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, including a study to assess fast charging infrastructure to enable deployment of electric vehicles in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Other projects include green technologies and eco-efficient alternatives for cranes and operations at port container terminals in Italy, Slovenia and Spain.
Financing will also go to four projects supporting the reduction of the impact of maritime transport on the environment, totalling €3.76m in funding.
The environmental projects are part of a wider infrastructure plan that will see the European Commission provide almost €200m in EU co-financing from the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme to continue improving transport infrastructure across the EU.
The European Commission selected a total of 74 projects which will use the EU financial support for a variety of purposes, ranging from the construction or upgrade of current links, support of transport corridors, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and innovative financial instruments.
Commission vice-president Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "The European Commission continues to support the construction and upgrade of European transport infrastructure to ensure its citizens can reap the benefits of a complete, safe and modern network.
"Moreover, the almost €200 million made available today will also help to support employment in the EU by allowing Member States to continue investing in large and small infrastructure projects during a time of general economic stagnation".