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Port of Rotterdam welcomes European Green Deal

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has welcomed the Green Deal presented by the European Commission in December 2019.

Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, said: “It is good that Europe has ambitious plans to combat climate change, because the challenges are huge. The objective of 50 - 55% CO2 reduction by 2030 brings Europe in line with The Netherlands’ ambition, which contributes to a level playing field for companies across Europe.”

The Port Authority has welcomed such measures as additional investment in rail and inland shipping for the transport sector and the acceleration of low and zero emission transport. For industry, the Port Authority has stated that it is positive about the plans to stimulate important technologies including hydrogen production, development of alternative fuels and the capture, storage and use of CO2. Europe’s commitment to developing cross-border infrastructure for new energy and the development of a circular economy are also in line with the Port Authority strategy.

The ‘sustainable in 3 steps’ strategy was developed in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) a year and a half ago together with government agencies, the business sector, NGOs and the scientific community. The business sector and the Port Authority are now focusing on a series of projects to realise this strategy. The Port Authority is keen to collaborate with the EU in accelerating these projects and, in so doing, make an active contribution to the Dutch and European climate objectives.

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