Photo: Port of Rotterdam
The Port of Rotterdam is calling on the Dutch government to form a coalition with countries in NW Europe to set a joint CO2 price in order to encourage greener transport & logistics.
"A price in the range of 50-70 euros per ton of CO2 will stimulate companies to invest in solutions that we really need in order to realise the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement," Allard Castelein, CEO, the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), said.
He added, "As a transit country, the Netherlands is closely linked to the countries that surround it. A North-West European coalition would guarantee a level playing field for the industry (…). The Government is currently focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gases. In order to switch to a new energy system, as a Government you also need an integral vision and a corresponding industrial policy for the new economy, the future industrial landscape and the type of R&D required to achieve that. I also think that this is an important task for the Government. So: international pricing, national stimulation."
The Rotterdam/Moerdijk port industrial area faces the challenge of reducing CO2 by 20mt/year as of 2030 (-49% compared to 1990). According to a study commissioned by the PRA and produced by the Wuppertal Institute, marine and inland transport with Rotterdam as the destination or departure point is responsible for emissions of around 25mt of CO2/year (out of which 21.5mt is attributable to the marine sector). To ensure that this sector also complies with the Paris Climate Agreement, emissions will have to be reduced by 95% by 2050. The first half of this target (up to 50%) can be achieved by efficiency measures, but the remainder will require the deployment of different fuels.
As its own initiative, the Rotterdam port will launch a €5.0m scheme to promote climate-friendly maritime shipping, e.g., supporting vessel owners and charterers that experiment with low/zero-carbon fuels. In addition, the port will also offer 100% discount on inland port charges for vessel owners that comply with the platinum certificate of Green Award, a Rotterdam-based foundation promoting eco-friendly shipping (the certificate in question is granted to those sailing on electricity or fuel cells for at least 50% of the time or for three hours a day). The discount will also apply to the users of the NextLogic platform, a planning tool developed to optimise handling of inland container shipping that takes place in the port.