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Rotterdam puts energy and climate in global spotlight

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With the World Energy Congress to be held in Rotterdam from 22-25 April, the city is committed to providing a global stage for important discussions around the energy transition. In the run-up to this Congress, Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO of the World Energy Council, is visiting some of the city’s most innovative projects.

As a preview of the major event, Dr Wilkinson and Rotterdam Vice Mayor of Climate Building and Housing, Chantal Zeegers will tour the RDM shipyard on 26 March 2024. This historic site symbolizes the innovation that Rotterdam is spearheading, with high-quality testing facilities and innovative field labs. A number of entrepreneurs will be present to showcase Rotterdam’s progressive energy transition projects.

Rotterdam aims to be a climate neutral city by 2050 and is seen as a key energy hub. The city is central to Europe’s energy transition, with its smart port and strong industrial clusters. Rotterdam is synonymous with innovation, collaboration and progress.

The World Energy Congress 2024 will bring a diverse group of leaders and energy experts from all corners of the world to Rotterdam, providing a unique opportunity for local and international media to engage with the decision-makers shaping the future of the energy transition.

The theme of the Congress, “Redesigning Energy for People and Planet,” emphasizes the urgency of authentic energy leadership, with a diverse programme that will explore the the requirements of advancing global energy transitions in an ever-changing world.

Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council commented: “For a century the World Energy Congress has to sought to breathe and refresh common sense into and progress inclusive change making on energy developments and transitions. We have always convened diverse energy needs and interests for common good. In today’s polarised world the need to pursue these aims has never been more important or challenging. The World Energy community is the best hope for connecting the dots between security and sustainability and social equity, and aligning change makers across regions and at all levels of society. That is what we’ll be doing at the Rotterdam World Energy Congress next month under the theme of Redesigning Energy for People and Planet.

“Major port cities like Rotterdam are playing a vital role in connecting global value chains, industries and diverse local communities. In the journey to net zero and beyond, we are accelerating decarbonisation with justice and resilience with cities and others committed to making faster, fairer and more far reaching energy transitions happen. I am returning to my family’s roots to see for myself the new shoots of progress underway in Rotterdam in advance of the Congress.”

Vice Mayor Chantal Zeegers commented: “Rotterdam is known for the sustainable innovations in the port, companies and institutions, but also for its commitment to a just energy transition that is accessible and affordable for everyone. We also want to show the world that we are determined to achieve a fair future for all.”

Angela Wilkinson’s visit to Rotterdam is scheduled as follows:

• Departure watertaxi Leuvehaven at 3:15 p.m.
• Arrival RDM 15:30 hours

• 15:30 photographer
• 15:40 presentation Resilient BoTu 2028 by Kinga Feenstra
• 15:55 presentation CRC by Chris Kamp
• 16:15 presentation Zepp Solutions by Jan Bot
• 16:30 end of visit Zeegers (return by watertaxi)

• 16:30 visit to RDM and Zepp Solutions with Angela
• 16:45 extra time for press questions to Angela Wilkinson
• 17:00 delegation return via water taxi
This visit highlights Rotterdam’s role as a forerunner in the energy transition and offers a unique opportunity to exchange views with one of the world’s most influential voices on energy.

To learn more about the World Energy Congress, please visit: https://worldenergycongress.org/rotterdam/

Register to attend: https://worldenergycongress.org/rotterdam/registration/

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