The combination of the port, the energy and petrochemical clusters, specialist studies and courses relating to energy transition and sustainability at renowned institutes like TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam UAS, STC Group, Techniek College Rotterdam, related activities of NGOs and research institutes all together make for a unique ecosystem in the field of the energy transition.
The Rotterdam energy ecosystem can be spread over two components. First, there are businesses and systems which manage the energy supply for the city and region on land such as power plants, suppliers, network operators, and businesses which design, develop, supply or install sustainable energy sources and energy-saving measures in and around the built environment. In relation to the energy transition in this built environment, it mainly involves sustainable electricity, natural gas free heat supply and new energy systems.
Then, there is the port and industrial complex. The businesses and activities in this cluster are part of the global energy market and contribute to the import, export and production of energy for heavy industry. In line with European and national climate targets, Rotterdam wants to be carbon neutral in 2050. To achieve this, the focus is on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), hydrogen, wind at sea, efficient (re)use of energy and resources, and electricity.