The energy and industry sectors are on the verge of a radical change: by 2050, they must be virtually carbon neutral. Currently, the power plants and the chemical cluster in the port of Groningen are responsible for nearly 7% of total Dutch CO2 emissions. In Project ZERO, Royal HaskoningDHV is working together with Groningen Seaports and these companies to develop the path towards a sustainable and future-proof port and industrial area in the Eemsdelta – a transition that contributes to prosperity and employment in the area. But what measures are needed to achieve this?

Substantial investment

The transition to a renewed and sustainable economy in the port is essential, but it requires substantial investment in factories and infrastructure. In Project ZERO, we help Groningen Seaports and its stakeholders to make the right choices together to realise the transition.

Working together towards 2050

As part of Project ZERO, Royal HaskoningDHV will develop the Master Plan for the region. This description of the route to 2050 offers all parties involved the tools to shape the transition. We will draw up the Master Plan in close cooperation with the companies, government and NGOs through a CEO roundtable discussion at board level, together with ‘Transition Dialogue’ sessions at the implementation level.

Making robust choices

Decision-making is guided by a model in which we capture the effects of all possible CO2-reducing measures. With this CO2 reduction model, various scenarios are put together by Groningen Seaports and its stakeholders to jointly arrive at a preferred programme, of which we will work out the uncertainties, economic effects and possible revenue models.

With the aid of our IN2050 scenario tool, we will then determine which choices are the most robust, taking into account the changing energy system as a whole. After this assessment, the Master Plan will be converted into a concrete implementation programme for the coming years.

The Master Plan of Project ZERO will be completed in mid-2018.