Inland passenger water transport

NACE Macro-Sector: H - Transporting and storage

Level 2: H50

Level 3: H50.3

Level 4: H50.3.0

Inland passenger water transport

Climate Change Mitigation

Metric and threshold:

Zero direct emissions inland waterway vessels are eligible.

• Dedicated vessels solely using advanced biofuels or renewable liquid and gaseous transport fuels of non-biological origin as defined in Art. 2 (34) and Art. 2 (36) in line with Directive (EU) 2018/2001), guaranteed either by technological design or ongoing monitoring and third-party verification. In addition, for an investment in new vessels, only vessels with efficiency corresponding to direct emissions below 95g CO2 e /pkm (including biogenic CO2) are eligible. Eligibility should be reviewed latest by 2025, or when Directive (EU) 2018/2001) is reviewed.

• Other Inland waterways vessels are eligible if direct emissions are below 50 gCO2e emissions per passenger kilometre (gCO2e/pkm) (or 92.6 g per passenger nautical mile (gCO2e/pnm)). Eligibility should be reviewed in 2025.

Brief Rationale

Zero direct emissions inland waterway transport (e.g. electric, hydrogen) is eligible because: 

• With the present energy mix, the overall emissions associated with zero direct emissions rail transport (i.e. electric or hydrogen) are among the lowest compared with other transport modes. 
• The generation of the energy carriers used by zero direct emissions transport is assumed to become low or zero carbon in the near future.

The threshold of 50 gCO2e/pkm until 2025 (when it will be reviewed) ensures that the carbon intensity remains similar to criteria for eligible road vehicles with low occupation factor (50 gCO2/vkm) and significantly lower than emissions for an average car in the current vehicle stock. Substantial contribution to climate mitigation from fuel substitution is in line with the agreed taxonomy regulation.

Climate Change Adaptation

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