Energy transition and decarbonizationHorizon 2020



Towards a green and sustainable ecosystem for the EU Port of the Future

The Port of the Future will be able to enhance sustainable development and to manage the resources to be invested and their employment for a competitive advantage. Therefore, the port of the future must be oriented to port community and have an operative strategic capability to work, in line with European purposes, on the following:

  • Smart, through ICT solutions, because it is important to improvement exchange of information flows between port and port community
  • Interconnected with the use of a combination of different modes of transport and the integration of different technologies, because it is important to achieve better monitoring and controlling of the freight flows
  • Green through the adoption of green technologies because it is important to reduce the environmental impact of port operations saving the resources.

All in all, sustainable development is the present and future for ports that want to lead the industry supported by three cornerstones: Operational Excellence, Insightful Collaboration with partners through the supply chain, and top notch Safety, Health and Environmental practices.

PortForward proposes a holistic approach that will lead to a smarter, greener and more sustainable port ecosystem which will include the following features:

  • The introduction of an Internet of Things (IoT) concept for port assets (infrastructure, vehicles, cargo, people)
  • The socio-economic analysis of the port interface with its surrounding area and the port-city, as well as the rest of the logistics value chain.

Project Budget: 4’994’311,25 €

LEITAT Budget: 326’875 €

Financial Framework: Horizon 2020

Contract number: 769267

Start Date: 01/07/2018

End Date: 31/12/2021


Contact Manager: S. Salerno

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769267. This publication reflects only the author’s views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.