sMArt Green Ports as Integrated Efficient multimodal hubs


European Union


Consortium of 45 different institutions and companies


October 2021 until September 2026

In MAGPIE, a broad consortium from research and industry is working to ensure that more green energy can be provided and used in European port transport. The focus is on increasing energy efficiency and promoting innovative approaches for the usage of green energy. Smart, digital, and automated solutions will be used to drive the decarbonization of port-related processes.

Project objectives

  • Develop a master plan for green ports in Europe: This will accelerate the development of sustainable sea and inland ports in Europe.
  • Implement demonstration projects in the port of Rotterdam as a living lab: Through these, scientific knowledge will be gathered forming a basis for the concrete implementation of the master plan.
  • Create a handbook for the transition from plan to implementation, replication and scaling of the demonstrated solutions and results of the project: The manual will serve as a guide for different types, sizes, and geographical locations of ports across Europe.

EWI’s role in MAGPIE

The project consists of ten working groups dealing with both technical and non-technical innovations. The EWI is involved in work packages 3 and 7.

  • Work package 3: Energy demand and supply chains
    Develop a comprehensive portfolio of new energy supply chains (electrification, hydrogen, ammonia, BioLNG) to decarbonize port transport. The main objectives are to characterize or design the new supply chains, analyze for which transport modalities they can add value, and develop a concrete implementation plan.
  • Work package 7: Non-technological measures
    Derive non-technological measures that accompany the implementation of low- or zero-emission technological and logistical solutions in shipping. Such measures consist of policy, market, or information solutions that aim to relieve economic actors of risks and uncertainties. The measures are intended to provide market and regulatory protection for green technologies so that they become more competitive with established carbon-intensive technologies.