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Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomes European Green Deal

 

THE Port of Rotterdam Authority has wel-comed the Green Deal presented by the European Commission in December 2019. “It is good that Europe has ambitious plans to com-bat climate change, because the challenges are huge”, said Mr Allard Castelein, Port of Rotter-dam Authority CEO. “The objective of 50 to 55 per cent 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 said it welcomes mea-sures such 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 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 develop-ing cross-border infrastructure for new energy and the development of a circular economy are also fully in line with the Port Authority strategy.


The ‘sustainable in 3 steps’ strategy was developed in Rotterdam a year and a half ago together with government agencies, the busi-ness sector, NGOs and the scientific commu-nity. The business sector and the Port Authority are now focusing on a series of projects to re-alise this strategy. The Port Author-ity 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.


Several of the measures stated in the Green Deal appear logical, but the detailing of these plans is still unclear. This concerns, for example, the access of the most polluting vessels to Euro-pean ports, compulsory shore power for vessels and the possible introduction of an Emissions Trading System (ETS) for shipping. Particular care is needed in further developing these plans to ensure realisation of an efficient and effec-tive transition, which means working towards a CO2—neutral Europe for the lowest possible costs to society, the port stressed in a release.

 

Source : Our Correspondent

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