Joint approach opens gates to a sustainable Rotterdam

Royal HaskoningDHV is working on a joint approach towards a sustainable heating and cooling strategy for the city of Rotterdam in 2030. Housing corporations, real estate developers, energy companies and governmental organisations are also participating in the project.

The joint public-private statement is the first of its kind in the Netherlands, where ambitions for sustainable heating and cooling at this large scale are combined with commitment of stakeholders. The statement combines the shared ambitions and agreement on realisation of these ambitions through a joint task force and action-agenda.

The ambitions aim to create one of the largest collective city-energy systems in the Netherlands. One of the main purposes of the system is to supply heat and cold to 150,000 houses, which is half of all dwellings in Rotterdam. The heat remains mainly from industrial processes in the area of the Rotterdam harbour. The project contributes to Rotterdam climate and energy targets concerning CO2-reduction and energy-efficiency.

This requires a major technical, financial and organisational step forward, which only can be done if all stakeholders work closely together. Key stakeholders include major parties in energy and real estate in the Rotterdam area, such as E.ON, Eneco, Nuon, Woonbron, Havensteder, Heat Company Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid-Holland and of course the municipality of Rotterdam. Royal HaskoningDHV guided the process and supported the stakeholders in creating this vision.

In the assignment from the Rotterdam Office for Sustainability and Climate change our Strategy and Management Consultants were backed up by our financial and technical experts. The result was achieved by engaging stakeholders already from the start in an open dialogue, i.e. the organisation and facilitation of a series of four stakeholder meetings and an executive meeting. It was concluded by one of the stakeholders during the last meeting that: “We must realise ourselves that this is, even from national perspective, an enormous step forward and a very special cooperation that opens gates to a sustainable Rotterdam”.