Rotterdam - The port and the industries of Rotterdam are working on a series of projects to achieve a total of 20 to 25% of the Dutch CO2 reduction target for 2030. All of the projects require the government to play an active role. “It’s precisely because so many transition projects are taking place in a small part of the Netherlands that custom solutions are needed for this area,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“The energy transition is a complex issue and many of the projects are interconnected. This calls for an integrated approach from the cluster and close cooperation between government, businesses and the Port Authority,” said Castelein. “If we complete all of our ongoing projects, we will achieve three times as much CO2 reduction here as we would need to if the emissions reduction target were to be divided equally across Dutch industry.”
The projects that industry, the Port Authority and various other partners are working on include the underground storage of CO2, the development of heat networks to make use of the residual heat from industry, the production of hydrogen, the landing of wind power from the North Sea, the development of additional infrastructure for hydrogen and electricity, various recycling projects and the increase in biofuel production. The logistics sector is also running a number of projects, such as electric inland shipping and the greening of ocean shipping.