Creating success together

Partner coalitions and pilot projects

Together with companies, knowledge institutes and governments, we started CO2 reduction projects that will make the Port of Rotterdam a sustainable main port. Partner coalitions are at the foundation of the projects that are currently
being developed. Partnerships between sometimes extremely diverse parties that demonstrate ambition, understand the urgency and, together, make the difference.

Together, we shape the transition by focusing on initiatives that contribute to economic innovation, we utilise new technologies, we test innovations in practice and we link existing companies to new ones.

Warmtenet Zuid-Holland

Restwarmte uit de haven en warmte uit geothermische bronnen gaan huishoudens, kassen en bedrijven in Zuid-Holland verwarmen. Aardgas voor verwarming is hiermee verleden tijd.

Residual heat from the port and heat from geothermal sources will heat households, greenhouses and companies in South Holland. With this, natural gas for heating will be a thing of the past.

  • Partners: Provincie Zuid-Holland, Gasunie, Eneco, WBR, Port of Rotterdam Authority.
  • CO2 reduction/year: 2 million tonnes (and a reduction of 1.3 billion m3 of natural gas from Groningen per year).
Warmtenet Zuid-Holland

From waste to methanol

A Waste-to-Chemicals installation in Botlek with which waste is processed into syngas and later to clean methanol for the chemical industry and transport sector. First installation of this type in Europe.

  • Partners: Enerkem, Air Liquide, AkzoNobel and Port of Rotterdam Authority
  • Investment: € 9 million in initial expenses.
  • CO2 reduction/year: 0.3 million tonnes
Enerkem - van afval naar methanol

CO2 storage under the North Sea

A basic infrastructure throughout the port area for transport, use and underground storage of CO2. This CO2 is partly used by the greenhouse horticulture industry. A large majority will be
stored in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea. Go to the project website.

  • Partners: Gasunie, EBN and Port of Rotterdam Authority.
  • CO2 storage/year: 2-5 million metric tons.

Energy island on the North Sea

A sustainable European energy system on the North Sea to connect offshore wind farms and then convert the wind power on the island into green electricity or sustainable hydrogen.

  • Partners: TenneT, Energinet, Gasunie and Port of Rotterdam Authority (North Sea Wind Power Hub consortium).
Energie-eiland op de Noordzee


Blockchain technology will be an important enabler for the future energy system. Blocklab, the field lab for blockchain in the Port of Rotterdam, has four innovation projects with solutions for the energy market. With these four initial innovation projects, BlockLab wants to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition.

Four prototypes have now been developed, focusing on the heat market, offshore wind farms, smart meters and consumers wishing to trade self-generated electricity.

Blocklab logo

More and more wind energy

Approximately 10 per cent of the total wind power capacity in our country, some 200 MW, is located in the Port of Rotterdam. At least 150 MW wind power will be added to this in 2020.

  • Yield: 350 MW wind capacity in 2020.
Steeds meer windenergie


Digital applications also contribute to an important efficiency improvement for the approximately 30,000 sea-going vessels that call at the Port of Rotterdam every year. With Pronto, waiting times can be reduced by 20%. Pronto results in improved port terminal occupancy and good coordination and services such as bunkering, maintenance and stocking.


Solar panels in the port

The Port Authority is installing solar panels on its own property and is stimulating clients to install solar panels on their roofs.

  • Yield: 50-100 MW electricity supplied to 15,000 - 30,000 households.
Zonnepanelen in de haven infographic

Cleaner shipping

The Port Authority has an incentive scheme of 5 million euro for climate-friendly shipping; shipping owners and charterers who experiment with low-carbon or zero-carbon fuels that are supplied in Rotterdam can benefit from reductions: for inland shipping a reduction of 100% on inland port dues applies if the platinum Green Award certificate requirements are met (sailing on electric or fuel cells for at least 50% of the time or 3 hours a day) and if the vessel participates in Nextlogic, as soon as this is operational. Nextlogic is a digital planning tool to optimise the handling of inland container shipping in the Port of Rotterdam.

Schonere scheepvaart

Our own carbon footprint

The Port Authority is also reducing its own footprint: A third of the patrol vessels runs 100% on biofuel. We are also stimulating employees to travel by public transport or bicycle. For lease car drivers a CO2 standard of 59 g/km applies. The office uses heat from the port and green electricity. And throughout the port, the Port Authority is replacing lighting with LED.

  • Yield: 20% reduction per year, with 49% reduction by 2030.
Eigen footprint

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