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Regional Minister Jeannette Baljeu recently signed the Ecological Objectives for Other Waters’ on behalf of the Province of Zuid-Holland. The Province of Noord-Holland did likewise, as did almost all of the water boards in these two provinces. The joint agreement ensures the same policy and uniform principles for all other waters. The water quality may not deteriorate and the biodiversity should increase
Start-up Noria removes waste from the Gouwe at Alphen aan de Rijn during an innovative pilot, commissioned by the Province of Zuid-Holland. The province wants to investigate how much of the plastic floating in the Gouwe can be removed, and where that had best be done. At the same time, Noria tests its 'waste wheel’, the system with which the plastic is collected.
During the Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen, Zuid-Holland and Bremen launched an Agenda for Action for collaboration in aerospace. It contains actions to take on challenges and themes that the regions will focus on together, for instance earth observation. The agenda is the result of the agreement reached in March, when the aerospace trade mission to Bremen took place and an agreement was signed in the presence of the King and Queen to strengthen Zuid-Holland and Bremen's aerospace collaboration. The parties involved are: SpaceNed, the Province of Zuid-Holland, Aviaspace Bremen and the federal state Bremen.
Twenty new buses are to run on hydrogen in the province of Zuid-Holland. Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen (Traffic and Transport) and Minister Stientje van Veldhoven ( Environment and Housing) made agreements to this end on Wednesday. By 2021 at the latest, all buses will have taken to the roads in the province. This agreement brought an emission-free public transport system another step closer, which is good for the climate and contributes to clean air.
The Green Village is the testing ground for sustainable innovations at the campus of the TU Delft. This is where researchers and entrepreneurs build, research, test and demonstrate their sustainable innovations in the housing, working and living environment of the open-air lab. One of the latest appealing research and innovations projects is the experimental low temperature heat grid, to be realised as of February 2020 at The Green Village by a consortium of the Municipality of Delft, Stedin, Engie and TU Delft.
The King's Commissioner Jaap Smit and Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra are in China from 17 to 22 November inclusive. Together with representatives of 30 businesses from Zuid-Holland they will focus on sustainable development and modernisation of agriculture and horticulture during their trade mission.
Since the end of 2017, over 30 Dutch and International parties that consider hydrogen an important fuel for the future have jointly worked on the development of hydrogen projects on Goeree-Overflakkee. Participants in this programme presented the follow-up strategy to Regional Minister Tea Both of the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee and Provincial Executive Berend Potjer of the Province of Zuid-Holland during a partners’ day on 7 November.
As of 1 January 2020, just like its 7 colleague provinces, the Province of Zuid-Holland will only use sustainable energy. As a result of the new Public Procurement Act they will no longer receive their energy via the Government and the provinces themselves will now be responsible for the purchase thereof. On Thursday 31 October in Haarlem, 8 provinces came one step closer to meeting the climate agreement's stipulations by signing the first jointly drafted sustainable energy contracts. Regional Minister Willy de Zoete signed on behalf of the Zuid-Holland Provincial Executive.
The Province of Zuid-Holland is an important financier of the start of a test with self-driving minibuses (shuttles) on the ESA ESTEC grounds in Noordwijk. Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen: “It is important for the province to know whether the self-driving technology can make an actual contribution to the provincial objective to have the province be the best accessible province in the Netherlands. And whether it matches our motto for the coming years: Better each day.”
Dairy farmers in the western peat meadow land are able to reduce 22% of their farm's ammonia emissions - and as a result their nitrogen emissions - with relatively simple measures. This has become clear from the Testing Ground Peat Meadows Programme. The result was reached by, among other things, diluting the farm manure and by lowering the crude protein content in the fodder.