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ROTTERDAM: September 10, 2019. The first World Ports Climate Action Programme (WPCAP) congress will take place in Rotterdam next May involving the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Le Havre, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and New York & New Jersey.

heat exchange pipeline rotterdamThe ports are working on plans to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping and ports via five working groups currently developing measures are examining topics including efficiency in shipping turnaround time in ports, making loading and unloading of vessels climate neutral, shore power, and alternative fuels.

Meanwhile the Netherlands ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has announced that energy network operator Gasunie will be responsible for developing the first phase of a main heat transmission grid in the province of Zuid-Holland.

The grid is a 250 MW capacity pipeline (pictured) filled with hot water collected and distributed by energy companies to replace customer use of natural gas in homes, businesses and greenhouses.

“Being able to use residual industrial heat requires new infrastructure. With support from the national government, we are now taking an important step towards the development of a regional heat grid,” explained Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein. “The heat that is available in the port area is sufficient to fulfill the heat demand of 500,000 households and a significant part of the greenhouse horticulture region. This can result in an annual reduction of CO2 emissions by two to three million tons,” he added.