Rotterdam striving for sustainability crown


CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Allard Castelein presented a ‘Sustainability Map’ recently to Dutch Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb in a bid to recognise Rotterdam as a sustainability pioneer.

The Sustainability Map was created to outline 15 original initiatives – developed by the Rotterdam Port Authority – to make Rotterdam the most sustainable port of its kind.

Castelein said: ‘We strive to visibly improve the liveability around the port.’

According to a statement released by the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “For all of the initiatives charted for the Sustainability Map, direct or indirect collaboration between the Port Authority and other – public and private – organisations is a priority.”

An example of one of its sustainability initiatives is the ‘Green Port’.

This project involves both the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the World Wide Fund for Nature working together in close collaboration to lower carbon emissions.

“By using clean residual materials from construction projects – such as remnants of old quay walls and concrete piles to make longitudinal dams – a natural, nine-kilometre long passage is being created in the Port of Rotterdam,” a statement from the Rotterdam Port Authority reads.

The passage is protected from ship-induced waves, giving it the chance to develop into a green entryway to the city.

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