For Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) being future-proof means doing
business with an eye for people and the environment. That is why RWG is
investing in fully CO2-neutral container handling at the terminal in the port
From the start of its
build, RWG is firmly committed to sustainability and continuously strives to
achieve maximum efficiency in the storage and transshipment of containers. We
do everything we can to continue innovating and growing where possible. Our
vision is that today's investments should never be at the expense of tomorrow's
quality of life. We care about people, the environment and society, and feel
that ecological aspects are just as important as economic ones. That is why we
are in constant dialogue with our stakeholders and already operate as
sustainably as possible.
RWG already limits CO2
emissions to a minimum: all our cranes and many of our vehicles, such as the
automated guided vehicles (AGVs), run on green electricity. Where possible, we
also generate our own energy. In addition, RWG is the first deep-sea terminal
to be 'LNG ready'. The transition from fuel oil to LNG as a sustainable fuel is
an important step in making shipping more sustainable. We facilitate this
development not only to be able to work sustainably, but also to reduce the impact
on the environment and on society.
becoming CO2 neutral
Thanks to extensive
electrification and automation, RWG already has the lowest emissions in the
sector. In the coming years, RWG will be investing in making container handling
at the terminal completely CO2 neutral, so that by 2024 we will be one of the
first terminals in the world to have reduced emissions to zero.
Ronald Lugthart, CEO at
RWG said, "We at RWG are committed to sustainable and clean operations.
Our goal to be completely emission-free from 2024 onwards is not only
ambitious, but also necessary regarding future generations."
A number of
modifications are required to reduce emissions to zero. For example, the current
container handling equipment with combustion engines, which already use the
cleaner fuel GTL (gas to liquid), will be replaced by fully electric equipment.
Next to that, the electrical and civil infrastructure will be upgraded to
provide, among others, high power charger points.
In the road to becoming
CO2 neutral, it is technically not possible to prevent all emissions
immediately. That is why RWG has
entered into a partnership with Shell to offset the remaining CO2 emissions by investing in Shell's
Nature-Based Solutions program which has been validated by Kiwa. These are projects aimed at
protecting and restoring natural areas, thus allowing CO2 emissions to be absorbed by nature.