Leader of the Dutch Democrats 66 (D66) Sigrid Kaag spoke with Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Rinke Zonneveld, director of InnovationQuarter, about the challenges and growth plans of the province of South Holland. With the Growth Agenda to be launched next month, the province promises to take on 40% of CO2 reduction and 25% of housing development in the Netherlands, realise 120,000 additional jobs, and generate €24 billion in extra GDP in ten years. As South Holland cannot do this all by itself, it wants to invest in energy infrastructure, knowledge and innovation, the manufacturing industry, accessibility, and human capital together with the State.
‘The energy transition in the port of Rotterdam is a national task, one of the biggest the Netherlands is currently facing'
— Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority
‘The energy transition in the port of Rotterdam is a national task, one of the biggest the Netherlands is currently facing,’ Allard Castelein of the port of Rotterdam says. ‘The South Holland region has to cope with lagging growth. We make huge investments in addressing our social challenges. We can and want to realise 40% of the Dutch CO2 reduction in the port before 2030, but it’s a national task; we cannot go it alone. We really need the State to join us.’
‘D66 is a staunch advocate of innovative entrepreneurship. The party focuses on energy transition, a circular economy, and good digital preconditions for entrepreneurs. South Holland would like to cooperate with D66 on these themes,’ Rinke Zonneveld says.
The Growth Agenda South Holland is a joint action and investment agenda, which will be launched in February 2021. The Growth Agenda is intended for addressing the major national challenges. It has been calculated by the OECD, NEO Observatory, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Growth Agenda includes the following plans of the province of South Holland:
- Realising 40% of CO2 reduction in the Netherlands;
- Realising 25% of the Dutch housing development ambitions by the construction of 240,000 homes;
- Creating 120,000 additional jobs;
- Realising €24 billion in extra GDP for the Netherlands in ten years.
Energy in transition
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to combating climate change and wants to play a leading role in the global energy transition. The reduction of CO₂ emissions and efficient use of raw and residual materials are important tasks for the Port Authority.
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