Partnership between Zuid-Holland and North Rhine-Westphalia making transport sustainable

The province of Zuid-Holland and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia work together to make the transport of goods on the corridor between the two areas more sustainable. The province sees an important role for hydrogen in greening the transport of goods. By signing a Letter of Intent at the Combined Energy Conference in Arnhem on 29 January 2020 regional minister Floor Vermeulen and sixteen other parties expressed ambitions to introduce hydrogen as a fuel.

The ambition is to have the first ten ships powered by hydrogen sailing between the port of Rotterdam and Cologne by 2024. The ambition also is to develop three hydrogen filling stations along this route. Together with North Rhine-Westphalia, the ports of Rotterdam and Duisburg and the German port and rail operator Rheincargo, the province is submitting a grant application for a study funded by the European Union. They are working together in the Rhi2ne-project.

Due to the importance of cleaner freight transport for Zuid-Holland and the port of Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland has made agreements with various provinces and neighbouring countries to make this more sustainable. Together with North Rhine-Westphalia, Zuid-Holland is willing to help private parties to remove barriers for hydrogen transport, exchange knowledge and form consortia for sustainable solutions in the transport sector.

Minister Andreas Pinkwart (North Rhine-Westphalia): “Hydrogen will make a major contribution to greater competitiveness and climate protection in industry. It is the key to a largely greenhouse gas-neutral economy and will develop into a globally traded energy carrier. With the newly launched hydrogen projects, we are shaping the restructuring of the industry together and creating the ideal conditions to exploit cross-border potential. As an energy and industrial state, North Rhine-Westphalia has a special responsibility for a successful energy transition”.

Regional minister Floor Vermeulen (Zuid-Holland): “We believe that inland shipping along the Rhine is offering a great opportunity to successfully implement green hydrogen as a generic future fuel for the maritime sector as a whole. Off course all parties involved will look at the situation from different perspectives due to their different backgrounds, visions and experiences. Every party will pay extra attention to other parts of this big puzzle. That is why it is important to create a common objective for this exercise”.