The Port of Rotterdam Authority said it’s making efforts to develop every possible initiative that could contribute to the transition to a CO2 neutral economy. This reduction of their carbon footprint is part of a major strategy to transition the port to becoming a renewable energy hub, with the ultimate goal of becoming a CO2 neutral economy by 2050.
“The Netherlands is faced with the challenge of making the economy and society virtually CO2 neutral within 30 years,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “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.”
The Rotterdam port and industrial complex is the largest in Europe and has many operations based on fossil energy and resources, but now also the largest biobased cluster in Europe. Rotterdam already has companies in all these segments that are among the best in the world in their market, the best port infrastructure in the world, and is located in a region that is attractive for a variety of projects. The low-lying Netherlands is especially keen to stave rising waters for as long as possible, and must take an active role to show others what can be done. However, being and remaining the leader does not come automatically. Addressing the Paris Climate Agreement quickly is why the port is actively looking for companies that want to set up operations that contribute to CO2 reduction in the port.
“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,” said Mr. Castelein. “We will be working all out to find that route. We are confident that the Rotterdam industrial complex has a strong starting position. And we think that forging ad hoc coalitions for concrete projects is the best way to make progress. Businesses will play a leading role, with companies that are already based in the port as well as newcomers. The Port Authority wants to help these companies to implement ways to reduce CO2 and/or introduce new, climate-neutral industry as much as possible. We want maximum sharing of experience because this helps to accelerate the transition. Precisely because there is already so much energy-intensive industry here, this is the most logical place for companies to set up and scale up pilot projects. This will make the port a leader in the transition from fossil fuel based industry to clean fossil, renewable and circular. We can be both a field lab and flagship at once.”