On April 12 & 13, 2018 I was asked to make an event photography report on the proceedings of the Ports and the City Conference in Nijmegen, Netherlands. A two day event in Theater De Lindenberg, right near the beautiful Waalkade an the River Waal. During this conference, the “Declaration of Nijmegen” was signed by a lead group of twenty parties who declared to accelerate the greening of the inland shipping sector, thus initiating the increase of sustainability of the logistics and transport industry over inland waterways.
The participants of Ports and the City were enthusiastic about the prospect of providing inland vessels with clean engines and clean fuels. ‘Inland shipping has a distinct advantage if you compare its CO2 emissions to those of trucks or trains,’ Secretary Van Nieuwenhuizen says. ‘In order to maintain this advantage, inland vessels are going to have to make the transition to cleaner technology.’
The ultimate aim in the Declaration of Nijmegen is to have a climate-neutral inland shipping sector by 2050. ‘In other words, the sector has no time to lose,’ the Secretary emphasises. A truck can already be replaced after six or seven years by a cleaner one, equipped with the latest technologies, whereas a ship lasts forty years on average.
For me, as a photographer, it was a great joy, that I was allowed to be there and make my skills worthwhile in producing this photo-report, meanwhile being on top of new, environmental developments making this planet a better place.
The You Tube Video, made by Peggy Havermans …