Historically, the Amsterdam port has been an energy port, which we also want to be in the future. In order to remain an energy port in the future, we are looking for new cargo flows and ways to generate sustainable energy to meet our climate goals. We do this together with the energy customers in the port and with other partners.
Our role in the energy transition
Port of Amsterdam reserves space for and invests in infrastructure and partnerships with customers, start-ups and partners. We do this in order to continue to be a sustainable international energy hub in the future. We do this along three pillars:
- scaling up sustainable energy production and storage;
- attracting and facilitating the production of renewable fuels and circular raw materials;
- developing the infrastructure necessary for the sustainable transition.
In addition, we also contribute to the Climate Table North Sea Canal Area.
Energy transition in the Amsterdam port
Several projects are running along the three pillars in the Amsterdam port in order to realise the Energy Transition. A few examples:
Scaling up the sustainable energy production
Our goal is as much wind and solar energy production as possible. For example, right now more than 260 thousand square kilometers of solar panels has been mounted onto the roofs of the Amsterdam port. By the end of 2024, the sum should be over 350 thousand square kilometers. Also, the new Energy port will be built at the old Averijhaven in IJmuiden, which will play a significant role in the installation of wind farms at sea.
Sustainable fuels & circular materials
At multiple terminals in the port, sustainable fuels are being stored. The goal for 2025 is for 12,5% of our storage capacity to be devoted to alternative fuels. Looking forward, we are working on the import, production and storage of hydrogen. In association with companies in the port, we have set up the consortium H2A, where the focus is on the the development of an import chain for green hydrogen.
The energy transition has different criteria than our current energy infrastructure. Companies need more electricity, steam, green hydrogen, and CO2, as well as an infrastructure to transport this energy and these materials. Also, shipping requires a (bunkering) infrastructure to make clean shipping possible. Because of this, we are working with regional governments and grid operators to build this infrastructure.
Energy Cooperation Amsterdam port
In the Amsterdam port area, we deal with congestion on the electricity grid, which makes activities surrounding the energy transition difficult to expand. With this in mind, we worked with companies within the Amsterdam port and launched the Energy Cooperation Amsterdam port. One of the solutions this cooperation makes possible, is the opportunity for companies to share their green energy in real time.
TET Energy Transition
TET Energy Transition is a platform for the energy transition, made by and for the business community. TET supports energy transition projects in the North Sea Channel area and endorses the energy transition by backing entrepreneurs. TET presents business cases, demo projects, and ideas, which can then lead to collaboration. These cases are set up to share knowledge and inspiration, or so entrepreneurs can latch onto the project. TET is an initiative from ORAM and Port of Amsterdam.
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