2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year so far – we’ve never seen anything like it. One might say we’ve never seen anything like the energy transition either. The world needs to change its habits as soon as possible. And at the port of Rotterdam, we are working hard to support that change in multiple ways. For instance by realizing infrastructure for CCS, residual heat and hydrogen. We’re working on reducing the carbon footprint of the existing industry as well as building up a new energy system and a new, circular system for raw materials and fuels. This online magazine provides an interesting overview of the very latest developments.

We believe that the journey towards becoming a carbon-neutral port involves a series of steps, the first of which revolves around reducing the CO2-emissions of the existing industry. In this context we spoke to Wim van Lieshout about Porthos, a project aimed at storing CO₂ beneath the seabed. Secondly, we need to explore alternative energy sources. To find out more about this, read the interview with Vopak’s Marcel van de Kar about his belief in hydrogen or Marjan van Loon’s column to learn about Shell’s hydrogen-related activities. Thirdly, we need to replace fossil raw materials and create a circular economy; SUEZ Nederland is working on the circular economy every day.

Besides the manufacturing industry, the transport and logistics sector also has to take steps to get ready for the port of the future. We spoke to Jan Kempers from Heineken, who is working to create a sustainable supply chain for the brewing company. And did you know that dirty vessels produce higher CO₂ emissions? Hull cleaners in Rotterdam explain all about that in this edition.

As you can see, there is plenty going on. I hope the evidence of so much amazing progress being made by so many enterprises will inspire us all.

Do you dare to #thinkbig?

Allard Castelein
CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority


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