Clean Tech

Clean technology is one of the primary economic sectors in the Rotterdam area. Companies big and small, research and knowledge institutions, and public-sector parties have struck structural partnerships in the CleanTech Delta project and the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, with a view to developing innovative, sustainable, and clean solutions to global problems. Rotterdam is a vibrant testing ground for the transition to a new and sustainable economy.

By using the city and its surrounding area, as well the various industries in and around the port and its industrial areas, as a testing ground, new technologies can be trialled in Rotterdam, and subsequently scaled up and taken to the market. Industry crossovers between industries such as life sciences & healthcare and food, for instance, offer important opportunities for clean technologies.

Rotterdam is part of the CleanTech Delta and the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. The Rotterdam area is home to two clean technology incubators: Dynamo Rotterdam and Yes!Delft, which between them have already helped over 35 cleantech companies.


By definition, cleantech is an innovation-rich industry. The urgency behind work on new technology and solutions for a more sustainable and cleaner economy is felt across all industries in Rotterdam. Precisely because this area is where the traditional economy and the new economy naturally complement each other, Rotterdam and its unrivalled scope for innovation and entrepreneurship forms a fertile breeding ground for new solutions, often in exciting industry crossovers.

CleanTech Delta

The port, river, and industrial cluster make Rotterdam the obvious base for innovation in industries such as maritime & offshore, energy, logistics, and the chemical industry. Rotterdam is literally the centre of developments in the CleanTech Delta, which stretches from the Europoort industrial area and the city of Delft all the way downstream to the cities of Zwijndrecht and Dordrecht. This region is home to numerous leading cleantech institutions, including UNESCO-IHE, TNO, NWC, National Water Centre, and Delft University of Technology.

Rotterdam Climate Initiative

The Rotterdam Climate Initiative is an alliance of the local council, the Port of Rotterdam, Deltalinqs, and the joint environment protection agency for the Rhine delta (Dienst Centraal Milieubeheer Rijnmond (DCMR)), whereby the central focus is on sustainability for the city, its port, and industry. Structural investment is going into projects and initiatives targeting cleaner air, more green space, flood control, cleaner energy at lower cost, and more jobs in the city, port, and industry.

Climate KIC

Like other leading cleantech cities such as London, Berlin, Paris, and Zurich, Rotterdam has set up a Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community, i.e. a Climate KIC. United in the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), these Climate KICs develop innovative products and services, launch new start-ups, and train the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Cleantech Summit Rotterdam: 21 and 22 November

On 21 and 22 November next Rotterdam will be thé investment capital of Europe for clean industry. On these dates the 5th edition of the Cleantech Summit will take place at the RDM Rotterdam grounds. This edition of the Cleantech Summit will be fully focused on energy transition and will showcase the best investment opportunities within the cleantech industry in Europe. With app. 300 participants from all over the world, the Cleantech Summit is thé yearly event for innovators and investors to meet and connect around the most promising innovations in the industry.

21 November: Meet the Buyer event & Scale-up Learning Event

Meet the Buyer Event
As part of the Cleantech Summit, the Meet the Buyer Event on 21 November is all about providing over 40 start-ups and scale -ups with the opportunity to pitch their innovations to corporates Vopak and Alfa Laval. The 40 innovators were selected based on the acquisition and innovation needs of these two companies. For more information, please visit the website of North Sea Region.

Scale-Up Learning Events
On the same say as the Meet the Buyer Event, several Scale-Up Learning Eventgs will be organized in Rotterdam. More than 40 entrepreneurs will receive tips & tricks on transnational entrepreneurship and cooperation with investors and corporate buyers. More information on these events can be found on the website of North Sea Region.

22 November: Business Forum Singapore

This year the Cleantech Summit will coincide with the Business Forum Singapore-Nederland. President Halimah Yacob of Singapore will be welcomed by Rotterdam mayor Aboutaleb to talk about challenges that both world port cities are facing regarding making industries more sustainable and strengthening trade relations. For more (Dutch language) information, please visit the website of RVO.

Alderwoman Barbara Kathmann and Startup Delta special envoy Prince Constantijn will participate in opening and closing the event.

The Cleantech Summit is hosted by the cleantech cluster of the Municipality of Rotterdam and its regional partners, including InnovationQuarter, Energiiq, Port of Rotterdam, CleanTech Delta and Maritime Delta. The event is organized by Tech Tour.

For more information about the Cleantech Summit, please check: CleanTech Summit – Energy Transition in Rotterdam.

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