With some 350 attendees, inspiring speakers and a series of interesting workshops, the second Energy in Transition Summit at RDM Rotterdam’s Onderzeebootloods on 11 April 2018 was a resounding success. During the event, organised by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the participants were updated on the latest developments in the energy transition. They also had an opportunity to forge new alliances, and companies based in the port area were invited to become part of Rotterdam’s energy transition. An opportunity they’re advised to grasp, actually: while the region should be able to achieve the climate targets set for 2030; the challenges set for 2050 call for a complete overhaul of our energy system. Now isn’t the time to wait and see what happens – we need to roll up our sleeves and set to work.
Last year’s Summit centred on the decarbonisation of the industrial sector. This year, we expanded our scope to include the transport and logistics sector. During the Summit we presented the findings of a new study performed by the Wuppertal Institute, which sets out how we can raise the sustainability of transport chains that run via Rotterdam. In addition, the Port Authority announced a new incentive scheme with a total budget of EUR 5 million that is intended to stimulate sustainability initiatives within the shipping sector.
During the summit, the attendees themselves also got busy in various workshops dealing with different aspects of the energy transition. The participants exchanged views and ideas, worked on solutions and breakthroughs and formed new private sector alliances.
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