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Energy Transition

Port of Rotterdam aims to take the lead in the energy transition

The Port of Rotterdam Authority wants to develop the port into the place where the energy transition takes shape. “The Netherlands is faced with the challenge of making the economy and society virtually CO2 neutral within 30 years. The sooner we take this on the better. The port area has many companies that use fossil resources to make fuels and countless chemical products. These companies emit a lot of CO2, but also have a lot of knowledge about energy, energy-intensive production processes, and CO2 reduction. This makes the Port of Rotterdam exceptionally well-positioned to be an international leader in the development and large scale application of technologies to reduce industrial CO2 emissions virtually to zero. The Port of Rotterdam Authority intends to play a pioneering role and make the port an inspiring example for the global energy transition,” says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Read the full interview

“The knife cuts both ways: we are fighting climate change while making sure that Rotterdam’s port and industrial complex will continue to be a strong contributor to Dutch prosperity and employment after 2050.”

Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam

Pathways to a decarbonised port

The Paris Agreement makes it very clear that we need to take significant steps towards decarbonisation of our economy by 2050. The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy has formulated three possible decarbonisation pathways as well as one business as usual pathway for the Port of Rotterdam.

Be part of the solution, not the problem

In my everyday work, colleagues and companies in the port often ask me about our impact on the climate, resources and the local social environment. While I’m pleased to see that we are giving more and more attention to these matters, the time has come to take action.

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