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16 March 2017

Port of Amsterdam to be coal-free by 2030

The major European shipping hub plans to diversify away from coal by 2030, under a new sustainability strategy revealed on Wednesday 15 March.

Western Europe’s fourth largest port said that it is already moving towards scaling back coal transshipment volume, which fell 7.5 per cent to 16 million tonnes in 2016. 

The port expects a further reduction of 29 per cent over the next five years, and is seeking to accelerate a low carbon transition by encouraging innovative start-ups and investing in clean energy.

Koen Overtoom, CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, said in a statement:   “In pursuing this strategy, we are deliberately and literally making room for the development of new activities and innovations. This is sensible from an economic point of view and more sustainable, as well as promoting employment.”

In addition to phasing out coal, the port will also be promoting alternative energy sources.

The port already exports waste heat to Amsterdam city, and has invested in 100 megawatts (MW) of wind energy in addition to building a 100,000 square metre solar array for completion by 2020.

According to think-tank Climate Analytics, the European Union must end coal burning by 2030 in order to prevent global warming exceeding 2°C – the goal set out by the Paris Agreement.

Several European countries have already committed to phasing out coal over the next 15 years, in a bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  

The UK is scaling up its use of low-carbon energy sources as it plans to phase out coal-fired power plants altogether by 2025.

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