Good News from Rotterdam Port: A Step Closer to Sustainable Port Operations

Good News from Rotterdam Port

Rotterdam Port published some promising developments on the 17th April when it reported a 10% reduction (2.2 Mton) in CO2 emissions during 2023 compared to the previous year. The Port even reported a one third reduction from the readings in 2016 whilst CO2 emission levels (20.3 Mton) in 2023 fell under those of the reference year 1990 – 20.6 Mton. 

However, the journey towards sustainable port operations is far from over. Rotterdam aims to further reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels. While the port anticipates a reduction of 8.1 Mton by 2030, there remains work to be done to achieve these ambitious targets.

This impressive reduction in emissions is attributed primarily to the impact of two coal-fired power stations on the Maasvlakte. In 2023, these plants emitted over 2 million tonnes (38%) less CO2 than in the previous year, largely due to efforts in capturing CO2 and discontinuing the use of coal in electricity production. Additionally, the port’s concerted efforts to promote the production of biofuels have led to a significant decrease in CO2 emissions outside the port complex, albeit resulting in increased emissions within the complex.

What’s Next For Rotterdam Port?

Despite challenges such as lower gas prices impacting the production in the chemical industry, further reducing CO2 emissions by 0.2 Mton (5%), Rotterdam Port remains steadfast in its commitment to achieving its sustainability goals. Aligning with European and Dutch ambitions, the port is dedicated to driving forward sustainable practices and paving the way for a greener future in maritime operations.

For further insights into the evolution of maritime sustainability and the future of shipping, explore our recent blog post on COP28: “Shaping the Future of Shipping.” As the industry continues its decarbonizstion journey, COP29 beckons with the promise of further transformative changes.

Reina Maria van Pallandt

Reina Maria van Pallandt is a senior disputes resolution lawyer with dual British and Dutch nationality. Reina Maria obtained a degree in Dutch Law and Public International Law (LLB Hons) at the University of Amsterdam and was subsequently admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 1979 and to the Law Society of Ireland in 2019. Reina Maria originally practised as a solicitor at Holman, Fenwick & Willan in London and Paris and thereafter at Clifford Chance where she specialised in marine and general commercial arbitration and litigation representing shipowners, P&I Clubs, shipbuilders, repair yards and charterers such as oil and gas companies and commodity traders.

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