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A sustainable road is the result of a special pilot in which the Province of Zuid-Holland in collaboration with the market, went looking for the best mix of new and advanced innovations to use in the road.On 1 November, the first CO2-negative road of The Netherlands, the N211, between The Hague and Poeldijk was opened by Floor Vermeulen, Regional Minister of the Province of Zuid-Holland.
Important bundles of infrastructure run through The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, to transport people and goods. These 'corridors' should be looked at in the coming years, to prevent the hopeless congestion of goods and passenger flows. We are talking about the modalities road, water, rail and pipe lines. The 3 countries have decided to share more data with each other.
The Provincial Executive visited the DSM and Bioprocess Pilot Facility sites in Delft. This visit revolved around future plans, including the further development of the Biotech Campus Delft, which is important for the Zuid-Holland economy.
New constructions in Zuid-Holland will be built as climate-adaptable as possible from 4 October. That is the ambition presented by 40 parties in Zuid-Holland today.
In Zuid-Holland, 100 new sustainable cycle benches are being placed on locations chosen by the cyclists themselves. The benches are made of plastic waste, using a 3D printer. On Monday 1 October, Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen, Marga de Jager (ANWB (Algemene Nederlandse Wielrijders Bond) Executive) and Douwtje de Vries (Head of the Cyclist Association (Fietsersbond)) unveiled the first bench in Wassenaar, together with the cyclist who had indicated this location.
At the latest in 2040, the main government buildings in the central area of The Hague will be climate neutral. That is the aim of the Green City Deal Energy-rich The Hague (EnergieRijk Den Haag), signed on Thursday 27 September 2018 by State Secretary Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Regional Minister Baljeu of the Province of Zuid-Holland and Alderman Van Tongeren of the Municipality of The Hague. In doing so, the 3 administrators placed their signature under this ambitious agreement.
The Province of Zuid-Holland is taking a fundamental step in the greening of the transport by bus. Before the end of this year, the first 4 buses on hydrogen as fuel will be driving in Hoekse Waard en Goeree-Overflakkee. A market exploration for the purchase of an additional 20 hydrogen buses has been completed and the negotiations with mobility company Connexxion are ongoing. The use of hydrogen fits the provincial ambition to replace fossil fuels in the economy by sustainable alternatives.
Zuid-Holland is moving in the right direction with regard to improving the air quality. By sharing experiences and learning from foreign partners, we can book even better results. That is what Regional Minister Rik Janssen said during an international conference on 19 September in Douai, near Lille in France.
The Province of Zuid-Holland, with its main port Rotterdam within its borders, may call itself the centre of transport by water in The Netherlands. The number of shipping movements is immense, as is the quantity of transported goods. The many waterways offer good opportunities for passenger transport by water. The ferry services are of great value to the accessibility and form an indispensable link in our transport chain. The Waterbus that connects the Drecht cities with Rotterdam has grown into a most valued and well-used means of transport in the past few years.
Last week, the ‘International Peatland Society’ held its jubilee congress in Rotterdam. In his speech, Rik Janssen confronted the specialists with the fact that the time has come to act. Like Zuid-Holland, many areas in the world are dealing with problematic changes in their peatland, such as subsidence, but also the emission of CO2 because the peat is drying out. Because of all international agreements to reduce the CO2 emissions, peatland is getting more attention as well. It is therefore important now to collaborate on solutions and to place the issue high on the international agenda.