On April 24 the government announced the release of € 79 million for retrofitting inland shipping. This amount is made available over the period 2020 - 2029, most of which will be released in the coming years: € 62 million up to and including 2024.
The amount made available for inland navigation is part of the 'structural approach to the nitrogen problem' package. This package includes measures taken by the Government to reduce nitrogen emissions and precipitation, to restore nature and to further stimulate the granting of permits. In this package, a total of € 5.2 billion, € 12 million has also been made available for onshore power supply for the seagoing vessels.
Retrofit inland navigation catalysts
The 'retrofitting' measure is based on the installation of SCR catalysts on existing engines of inland waterway vessels in order to reduce nitrogen emissions from the engine. A nitrogen reduction of more than 80% per ship can thus be achieved. To this end, the subsidy scheme drawn up in the context of the 'Green Deal: Zeevaart Binnenvaart en Havens' will be extended. The expected costs to the national government amount to 79 million euros. In 2030 this is expected for a reduction of 4.2 mol N/ha/yr.
Sustainable waterway transport, clean air
'Sustainable waterway transport, clean air' has been CLINSH's motto since it was founded in 2016. The government's approach to nitrogen reduction will certainly contribute to better air quality in the cities situated along the main rivers.