Port Of Rotterdam Achieves 10% CO2 Emission Reduction In 2023


In 2023, there was a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions at the port of Rotterdam compared to 2022, amounting to a decrease of 2.2 million tons.

Emission Lower than 2016

Emissions are now one-third lower than they were in 2016, which marked the peak year for CO2 emissions at the Dutch port. Furthermore, in 2023, CO2 emission levels reached 20.3 million tons, falling below those of the reference year 1990 (20.6 million tons) for the first time.

Primary factor

The primary factor behind the decrease was the diminished CO2 emissions from the two coal-fired power stations located on the Maasvlakte.

Collectively, the five energy plants generated 20% less electricity from fossil fuels. Refinery production remained steady due to sustained high demand, resulting in a marginal 0.1 million ton (1%) increase in CO2 emissions.

According to a statement, to achieve a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions in the port by 2030 compared to 1990, aligning with European and Dutch objectives, the Port of Rotterdam Authority must accomplish a reduction of 9.3 million tons of CO2 by 2030.

The integration of CO2 capture and storage through initiatives like the Porthos project, coupled with hydrogen-based initiatives and the cessation of coal-fired power plant operations, are pivotal in attaining the 2030 emission reduction goals.

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Source : Containernews