Rietlanden installs solar panels as part of far-reaching transition

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23-03-2018
Rietlanden Terminals

Solvej Schenk, Manager of Health, Security, Environment & Quality at Rietlanden Terminals, gets out her calculator. A total of 452 solar panels have been installed on the roofs of Rietlanden Terminals’ two buildings; 280 on the workshop and 172 on the office building. This is equal to around 140,000 kWh a year. It’s enough power to meet the average annual consumption needs of 31 four-person or 51 two-person households. ‘We use a relatively large amount of electricity. We need electricity for our terminal lighting, shore power, rail loading, water purification pumps and growing number of electric cars. Our cranes also run on shore power when they are not in use. We consequently see declining traditional diesel usage and increasing use of electricity. So even though six percent might not seem like a big amount, we are convinced it’s vitally important to tap into solar energy.’

Environmental care

Installing solar panels was the next step in the process of making the terminal sustainable. ‘We’re working towards making our operation sustainable. We care for people and the planet. That’s why we use LED lighting in our terminals and GTL to power all our cranes. We believe it’s important to show what we are doing. Sustainability is only one part of the story because these measures also save money. Investing in solar panels enables us to save around 20,000 euros a year.’

Solar Energy in the Port

‘Port of Amsterdam’s Solar Energy in the Port programme is an excellent source of support for the businesses in the port area. It’s all about doing the right things at the right time and knowing what to focus your attention on. The more solar in the port, the better. We are pleased to contribute to this as a terminal.’

Transition

Rietlanden is also actively diversifying cargo flows, such as construction materials and industrial minerals. They have been storing aggregates from the Rhine River since late 2017. They are raw materials used for the production of cement. These aggregates arrive in Amsterdam via inland navigation. Rietlanden is currently acting to expand its permit in order to diversify bulk. Rietlanden envisions opportunities for itself in relation to both the circular economy and the realisation of the Port City project. ‘Construction materials take up a lot of room. Rietlanden is ideally situated with respect to transporting these materials by water, which is the sustainable way. Both the current and new partners are diligently working to expand and intensify the development of circular activities. So we’re actively taking part in the transition.’

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