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Italian ports embrace innovation, development and sustainability

The harbor system integrates highly qualified professionals and highly specialized business resources: a precious heritage of know-how that can help to overcome the challenge of innovation and sustainable growth for our Territory.

The Italian port system is one of the cornerstones of the country’s economic and social development because it is capable of producing wealth and employment and catalysing investments and resources at local and national level.

It is important that the process of logistical and economic development and the increasing use of the sea as a communication and transport route are accompanied both by the protection of the environment of the port areas and by the minimization of the environmental impact of port infrastructures on the surrounding territory.

The strategic centrality of the Port of Ravenna

The Port of Ravenna is the only port of Emilia-Romagna. In addition, thanks to its strategic geographic position, it is characterized as a leader in Italy for trade with the markets of the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea (almost 40% of the total national excluding coal and petroleum products) and has an important for those with the Middle and Far East.

The inclusion in the highway system and the connection with the main transport networks make the Port of Ravenna a hub accessible from the main Italian and European markets, which is why it was incorporated by the European Community into the proposal for revision of the TEN- T, becoming the southern terminal of corridor n. 1 Baltic-Adriatic Sea (linking Helsinki to Ravenna, within which Vienna-Udine-Venice-Ravenna and Trieste-Venice-Ravenna rail connections are planned) and returning to the limited list of the European “core ports”.

The trajectories for sustainable development

Inland water and marine waters, air and air emissions, mobility and logistics, energy and environment management, waste, decarbonisation, soil, waste, noise, …

Different environmental factors.

The need to combine environmental protection with the constant growth of the port in coherence with the logic of sustainable development is an established principle both at the United Nations Conference on the State of the Environment and Development (UNCED, 1992), and in a Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on Community port policy (2007 / C 168/12).

A challenge that is won by working on a network and in synergy between the various stakeholders.

Scientific Research, Industry and Institutions for Blue Growth

For this, one of the goals of the Ravenna GREEN PORT project is to build a network of relationships and partnerships between companies, institutions and the research world and jointly define possible development lines for sustainable innovation and Blue Growth, ie the Commission’s initiative to promote sustainable development, the potential of the European seas, oceans and coasts to create new employment opportunities and new businesses in the so-called “Blue Economy” productive sectors through the promotion of research, technological transfer and Of the partnership between scientific research and industry.

The Blue Economy definition includes all human activities that use the sea, the coasts and the backdrops as resources for industrial activities and the development of services such as aquaculture, fisheries, marine biotechnology, maritime, coastal and coastal tourism. Cruise, maritime transport, ports and shipbuilding industry, renewable marine energies, embedded in a sustainability perspective.

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