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Port of Rotterdam aims to lead the energy transition

The Netherlands has committed to the Paris Agreement climate targets to keep climate change within agreed limits. This needs a very drastic reduction in carbon emissions. The Port of Rotterdam Authority intends to develop the port of Rotterdam into the heartland of the energy transition. “The companies in Rotterdam’s port emit considerable CO₂, but they also have a great deal of knowledge about energy, energy-intensive production processes and CO₂ reduction. This puts the port of Rotterdam in a very good position to be an international leader in developing techniques, and applying them on a large scale, to reduce the industry’s carbon emissions to virtually zero,” says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Report Wuppertal Institut

The Port of Rotterdam Authority commissioned the Wuppertal research institute to investigate how we can reduce the port’s carbon emissions drastically while continuing to produce the products society demands. The research revealed three transitional paths we could follow to achieve the objectives. It’s possible that a combination of various techniques from different paths will be followed, rather than just one transitional path.

"The knife cuts both ways"

“The Port of Rotterdam Authority wants to play a pioneering role, making the port an appealing example in the global energy transition ,” notes Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “The knife cuts both ways: we will combat climate change, while also ensuring that after 2050, the Rotterdam port and industrial area will continue to make a substantial contribution to Dutch welfare and employment.”

The Port of Rotterdam Authority organised the ‘Energy in Transition’ summit on Thursday, 23 March. Held aboard SS Rotterdam, the summit invited those attending to consider the challenges, but more importantly the opportunities being created. See the above review.

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