Zuid-Holland and North Rhine-Westphalia jointly make freight traffic more sustainable

The Province of Zuid-Holland and the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia are about to make the freight traffic between both areas more eco-friendly. Jointly, they want to assist private parties in overcoming obstacles to the use of hydrogen in transport, by exchanging knowledge and forming consortia for sustainable solutions in the transport industry.

On behalf of Zuid-Holland, Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen (Traffic and Transport) signed a preliminary agreement with 15 businesses and authorities. The agreements were set out during the Combined Energy Conference in Arnhem.

The parties share the ambition to have the initial 10 hydrogen-driven vessels operate along the main routes between the Rotterdam port and Cologne in 2024. Three hydrogen fuel stations will be created along the route for this purpose. The parties collaborate in the Rh2ine-project.

The Province will submit an application for EU subsidy for further research. Zuid-Holland will collaborate on this with North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rotterdam and Duisburg ports and the German port and freight operator Rheincargo.

Minister Andreas Pinkwart (North Rhine-Westphalia): “Hydrogen will make a major contribution to an enhanced competitiveness and climate protection in the industry. It is the key to an economy that, for the greater part, is neutral in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and will develop into a globally traded energy carrier. We will jointly restructure the industry with the recently launched hydrogen projects and will create the ideal circumstances to exploit the cross-border potential. North Rhine-Westphalia, in its capacity of energy and industrial federal state, carries a particular responsibility for a successful energy transition.”

Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen of the Province of Zuid-Holland: “We believe that the inland transport along the Rhine offers a great opportunity to successfully implement green hydrogen as generic future fuel for the maritime industry as a whole. Of course all parties involved will consider the situation from other perspectives because of their different backgrounds, visions and experiences. Each party will pay extra attention to different parts of this giant puzzle. That is why it is important to create a common objective for this project.”