The Port of Rotterdam replied to the findings of the T&E report that it is the most polluting port in Europe, saying the conclusion “comes as no surprise” as Rotterdam is by far the largest port in Europe and logically also has the highest shipping-related CO2 emissions.
owever, the Port or Rotterdam added that underlines the necessity for the shipping industry to take significant steps to limit climate change, but said that this is not a simple matter because “hardly any clean fuels are available that can replace polluting fuels, and ships have to be adapted to them.”
Where possible, the Port of Rotterdam Authority facilitates the development and use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and bioethanol
said the Port, adding that it is also actively working on making shipping more sustainable, for example by building shore power installations and running inland shipping vessels on batteries.
Furthermore, together with all the players in the port industrial complex, the Port Authority’s ambition is to accelerate sustainability where possible and the necessary steps have been and are being taken.
We are working hard to ensure the port is carbon-neutral by 2050
This means that significant steps must also be taken in making the port industrial complex more sustainable. Namely, the Porthos project involves CO2 capture and storage, while the use of green hydrogen in industry and the production of biofuels are in full swing.
Providing his comment, Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, noted that in 2018, the port presented its own research into the level of emissions from the logistics chains via Rotterdam and how they can be reduced to ‘0’.
Since then, we have been focusing, together with other parties, on targeted projects to reduce emissions. We are aware that we can and must make an impact in the port of Rotterdam and be able to make a substantial contribution to the established climate targets