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The province has selected 10 start-ups to assist in solving various challenges, such as measuring the air quality and the reuse of waste flows. The province actively cooperates with these start-ups in the Start-up in Residence programme. These young businesses often have very refreshing and innovative ideas on the challenges in the region. This is how the province stimulates a smarter, cleaner and stronger Zuid-Holland.
'Energy Island’ Goeree-Overflakkee will get a second solar park. The park in Ooltgensplaat will provide green energy for 10,000 households. The realisation of the solar park in Ooltgensplaat is being managed by the Sunstroom company, 132,000 panels will be placed on an area covering 37 hectares. The first solar panel was placed by alderman Arend-Jan van der Vlugt on an appropriately sunny day.
The Province of Zuid-Holland assists in the protection of our heritage and allows it to be experienced and used. The Water Triangle is a good example. The large rivers Merwede, North and Old Meuse and their banks form the connection between the 3 icons: Biesbosch, Dordrecht and Kinderdijk. This heritage line tells the story of the water: the history and the special knowledge that the Netherlands possesses in the field of dredging, off-shore, ship building and water works.
Over 2,500 digitised glass negatives and 15 historic films of the Province of Zuid-Holland are accessible and reusable via the website ‘Beelden van vroeger’ (‘Images from the past’)
Collaboration on strong transport corridors is an important step forward to a lower CO2-emission, said Rik Janssen during the Ports and the City congress. “In Zuid-Holland, we place sensors along our inland waterways that allow us to constantly have a clear view of the total number of vessels at corridor level. That is how we ensure an optimum use and an efficient through-flow of the road, rail and waterway transport. That in turn leads to shorter waiting times, a lower fuel consumption and less CO2-emissions”, stated Regional Minister Rik Janssen.
Inland skippers or shipping companies that want to invest in the sustainabilization of their vessel or fleet can now put their name down to participate in the field test of the Clean INland SHipping (CLINSH) project.
The King's Commissioner Jaap Smit is on a trade mission in China this week and will attend the Bo’ao forum where he will speak about, among other things, urban networks.
The Province, the Zuid-Holland business community and the universities will jointly accelerate the switch to a circular economy. The ACCEZ-programme, or Accelerating Circular Economy Zuid-Holland, is an initiative of the Province of Zuid-Holland and University of Leiden, the Technical University of Delft, the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (collaborating in the strategic alliance LDE), Wageningen University & Research and VNA-NCW West. The programme links businesses willing to work on the circular economy, to scientists.
How do we ensure that the European industry will still be competitive in 2030? How can the EU make it easier for the manufacturing industry, in particular SMEs, to invest in digitizing? How can Digital Innovation Hubs support entrepreneurs in automating and digitizing their production?
The Province of Zuid-Holland is to start work on ‘smart shipping’. By the smart use of ICT and datasets, inland shipping will become more efficient, sustainable and competitive.