PoR Transport

Possible Future Developments in the European Transport Sector and their Implications for Transport and Business Activities in the Port of Rotterdam Area until 2050

  • Project no. 151187
  • Duration 05/2017 - 11/2017

The Rotterdam Port Authority commissioned the Wuppertal Institute to investigate potential deep decarbonisation pathways for its transport business and sector for the period until 2050.

The key issues to be analysed in the framework of the study are:

  • How can freight transport activity linked to the Port of Rotterdam be decarbonised?
  • How will a decarbonised world in 2050 affect transport and logistics at the Port?
  • How can the Port of Rotterdam support the decarbonisation of (maritime) transport?
  • How can the Port adapt its business model to a climate-friendly future?

This is a follow-up project to an earlier study in which the Wuppertal Institute conducted for the Rotterdam Port Authority which focused on decarbonisation pathways for the Port's industrial cluster. In general, the Port of Rotterdam, with annual CO2 emissions of well over 30 million tonnes, has been showing a keen interest in learning about ways to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for years. If significant emissions abatement was achieved, the Port would make an important contribution to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of the current European Union (EU) target of reducing GHG emissions by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.