With a lot of industry, greenhouse horticulture, and our densely populated province, we are one of the most energy-intensive regions in Europe. The transition to sustainable energy, mobility, and transport is very important to Zuid-Holland. Whether it is our world famous windmills or the petrochemical cluster in the port of Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland is constantly working on innovative ways to meet our energy demand. With the Paris Climate Agreement and the proposed national Climate Plan in mind, Zuid-Holland is working towards a sustainable society in multiple fields, including cross-border projects.
The role of EU Regions is crucial in designing the new industrial strategy for a greener Europe , the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) points out in an opinion drafted by Jeannette Baljeu (NL/RE) , Member of the Council of the Province of Zuid-Holland . The opinion calls for a reinforced place-based dimension in the new EU Industrial Strategy. This could allow regions and cities, as the governments closest to citizens and ecosystems, to take ownership of the twin green and digital transitions of their industry.
At the Connexxion bus depot in Heinenoord, Everfuel will establish a hydrogen fueling solution, which will be operational by the end of 2021. The Danish company has won the European tender issued by the province of Zuid-Holland.
The Province of Zuid-Holland, the housing corporation Woonplus Schiedam and the Municipality of Schiedam jointly symbolically kicked-off the project to make the Groenoord district free of natural gas. Over the next 10 years this district will be provided with more than 2000 rental properties with a new heating system. The subsidy of more that € 3.6 million provided for this purpose by the Province of Zuid-Holland and the European Fund for Regional Development was celebrated as well.
The Province of Zuid-Holland and partners will receive half a million Euro from the European Committee for the RH2INE-programme. The subsidy will be used for research into hydrogen-powered shipping between the harbours of Rotterdam and Genoa.