Governance of the port industrial complex and climate goals

Research: 2018-2019



Better structuring of governance and processes, such as licensing, contributes to the realization of climate objectives.



The Rotterdam port industrial complex can make an important contribution in achieving local, regional and national climate goals. However, one of the preconditions is that governance and control of processes are attuned. The research study will look for governance measures that the partners involved can take, thereby optimally facilitating initiatives aimed at climate improvement.

This research focuses on the process of permit provision, monitoring and enforcement of sustainable initiatives. The process starts with the companies applying for a license to implement sustainable innovation. At the start the DCMR, the regional environmental protection agency, is the licensing authority. When the license is granted, it becomes a supervisor and enforcer. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is involved from its position as the ports landlord.
What can be improved in the collaboration between companies and governmental authorities? Is it possible to define the roles differently? For example, is it possible for companies to take more responsibility, in combination with less severe supervision by the DCMR? Another question researchers are looking into, is whether regulations could be modified so that permits can be issued more quickly.

The research is done on the basis of three concrete innovative initiatives that are currently taking place in the port area. These are: the circular project Waste-2-Chemicals, electrification project Electrons to Chemical Bonds and hydrogen project H-Vision.


  • Faster and more efficient innovation in the port area.
  • Social innovation in the port area facilitating technical innovation.
  • With the realization of good governance one of the necessary steps to achieving climate goals is taken.

Governance opportunities

  • Significant contribution to the energy transition.
  • Participation in achieving climate goals of the parties involved.
  • ‘Rotterdam’ is at the forefront of setting up good governance and can thus set the standard in regulations, policy and the approach to the processes of permit provision, monitoring and enforcement.


DCMR, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Deltalinqs, Erasmus University Rotterdam, TNO

This project is part of the Smart Energy & Industry roadmap. For more information about this project or this roadmap, please contact project developer Mel Valies.

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