Developing a more sustainable port
In the series of impact stories from SmartPort; driver of port innovation
A drastic reduction of CO₂ in the port of Rotterdam is needed. A major challenge for Europe’s largest petrochemical cluster. In order to reduce CO₂ electrification technologies must be ready for commercial use by 2030 as a replacement for production based on gas, coal and oil. Large-scale electrification makes the Rotterdam port-industrial complex more sustainable and provides the necessary flexibility and stability in the new energy system. Check out the animation about Elektrification.
Since 2016, SmartPort has been committed to boosting and broadening this innovation in collaboration with businesses and academia. “The information we have gathered from previous studies together with knowledge institutions and companies is very useful in the further steps that are now being taken. Electrification and the strength of the energy and chemical cluster in the port help to accelerate the energy transition. The SmartPort projects have not only contributed to getting the facts & figures on the table, but above all to creating more understanding and new ties between the participants”, says Wilco van der Lans of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.