Rotterdam wants to halve CO2 emissions with the help of the port
Yesterday, Rotterdam signed its own climate agreement. After a year of negotiations, the municipality, companies and social organizations have together closed nearly fifty ‘climate deals’.
In recent years, emissions from Rotterdam have increased every year. The city wants this to be turned into a sharp decline within four years.
The emissions must be halved in ten years. Especially in the port the city wants to lower emissions. In the short term, Rotterdam wants to tackle the energy infrastructure in the port area. The heat and steam networks are being expanded, the electricity network is being strengthened and there will be infrastructure to transport and store hydrogen. The city wants to focus on the large-scale production of hydrogen with a factory on the Maasvlakte. This hydrogen must serve as a substitute for part of the natural gas that industry uses in the port area. Another part of the natural gas must be replaced by electricity from offshore wind farms.
Whether this plan will actually be implemented is still uncertain. “For that we need the support of the national government,” says Bonte. “The government must adjust the heat law. And in order not to place the costs on the residents, we also need extra money.
The municipality is allocating 150 million euros for the coming four years. The entire transition costs billions. Most of it will come from the business world, but the government must also make billions available. “I am optimistic that it will work,” says the alderman. “Because if we do not succeed, the national targets will not be achieved.”