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On our way to the title 'Most sustainable port in the world'

The port of Rotterdam has the ambition to be the most sustainable port in the world. By breaking new ground in the way it operates, which includes the development of Maasvlakte 2, the port of Rotterdam wants to be at the forefront of sustainability and accessibility. This way, we strengthen Dutch and European competitive power and make Rotterdam Rijnmond a region where people like to live, work and recreate.

Sustainable port

By sustainability we mean working towards a greener industry and logistics and enhancing the quality of our environment. We cannot simply say goodbye to fossil fuels overnight, but we can develop sustainable alternatives in the meantime. Wind energy, solar energy and energy from biomass provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

Influence of the Port Authority

Together with several parties, the Port Authority is committed to a strong port and a liveable environment. The only way for the port area to grow in a balanced way is by caring about its surroundings and the environment. We do this by adopting a three-level approach:

  1. We improve the performance of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
  2. We foster sustainable enterprise in the port area.
  3. We call for sustainable innovation in the entire supply chain.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has been presented with a Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certificate. PERS comprises a set of guidelines formulated for and by ports for the purpose of evaluating a port’s individual environmental management performance. Candidates are subjected to an independent audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. A full version of the report can be found in the Downloads section on this page.

In the port of Rotterdam, various projects are in progress to make it the most sustainable port in the world. You can read more about this on the pages below:

Port of Rotterdam Authority wants to join with others to reduce ‘plastic soup’ using Port Waste Catch

The Port of Rotterdam Authority wants to invest in reducing the ‘plastic soup’. In conjunction with other parties, we are going to look into the possibility of removing floating plastic waste from the port and docks. Because a clean and sustainable port, where there is no build-up of waste and the contribution towards marine litter is reduced, improves the quality of life for users and local residents.

Port Waste Catch

Nature in the port area

The port area is home to surprising examples of plant and animal life: from wild horses to seals and orchids. Nature is taken into account by the Port Authority during every step of the port's development. For instance, the Port Authority is currently working on the new Truck Park Maasvlakte Plaza. This includes the redesign and expansion of the existing bird valley (Vogelvallei). This will create a large nature reserve covering 21 hectares.

Another example is the ‘Groene Poort’ project: old concrete piles and disused stone materials are used to form nature-friendly banks. In realising this project, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam and the WWF work together on the sustainable development of nature. A sustainable and cost-efficient project focused on reusing clean demolition materials from old quays and buildings in the area.

The Sustainable Port Map

The Sustainable Port Map shows initiatives developed by the Port Authority in conjunction with partners to make Rotterdam the most sustainable port of its kind. Download the map as a PDF-file.

Read more about energy transition in the Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam Authority intends to play a pioneering role and make the port an inspiring example for the global energy transition.

Energy transition in the Port of Rotterdam

Corporate Social Responsibility Our statement sets out what we stand for.

It guides our moral compass and defines the social issues that we focus on and where we can make a difference.

Corporate Social Responsibility

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