About PECS
Common challenge

One of the major challenges for the 2 Seas area is to achieve carbon reductions through introduction of low carbon technologies (incl. renewables and energy efficiency).   PECS is addressing this challenge; in particular the application of such technologies in maritime operations within small and medium sized (SMS-)ports. These ports face numerous common obstacles (f.e. limited resources, technical expertise, lack of collaboration, regulations) and as a result little has been done to reduce carbon emissions. Demonstrations of low carbon technologies and solutions in real life and different circumstances are required to raise awareness and to show feasibility. In addition to convince other SMS-ports it is also necessary to develop and showcase practical methods and tools such as energy audits, potentials for renewables and the best mix of low carbon options. Finally SMS-ports need practical models for low carbon investment & business cases and need to come to energy cooperation structures.
Objective and outputs

The overall objective is developing, testing and validating various methods, tools and concepts and realising and demonstrating proven and innovative applications for energy efficiency, specific coast-related renewable energy sources and energy storage in such a way that small and medium-sized ports will adopt and use these technologies much more, will start-up energycooperations with all local stakeholders (in and outside ports) and are able to reduce their carbon emissions significantly.

The project outputs are
  • 8 demonstrated technologic and economic feasible, innovative and state of the art low-carbon technologies in SMS-ports.
  • 4 developed and validated tools and methods to achieve carbon reduction: energy audit, assessment of potentials of renewables, identification of energy savings, decision making to select the best mix of options.
  • 1 developed and demonstrated model of an energy cooperation structure.
  • 9 independent verification studies of feasibility of implementated low carbon technologies brought together in an overall report useful for other SMS-ports.
Cross-border approach

To achieve the main project objectives, outputs and results and to make them usable for all SMS- ports in the 2 Seas area it is necessary to work cross border and to have a partnership which includes a variety of ports and experienced knowledge institutions. Only then it is possible to develop widely applicable and useful tools and methods and to carry out pilot investments with low carbon technologies in order to demonstrate and validate their feasibility. Only when this can be demonstrated these examples can convince other ports to take the same measures. Also to develop good concepts and business models, which consist of a mix of measures, it is necessary to have different ports with very different circumstances on board in which these concepts and models can be tested and validated for wide use in the two seas area. Finally, the cross-border cooperation is needed to come to boundless usable governance structures in which authorities and all users of SMS-ports cooperate.​  Read more about the PECS partners
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Interreg 2 Seas is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders).
The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of €241m ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 – 2020 period.

The overall objective is to develop an innovative, knowledge and research based, sustainable and inclusive 2 Seas area, where natural resources are protected and the green economy is promoted. In order to realise this, projects that directly contribute to one of the specific objectives (such as “Low Carbon Technologies”) can be part-financed for up to 60 % of their total project budget

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