The Rotterdam Climate Initiative is a partnership between the City of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond, and Deltalinqs, with the objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 50% and climate proofing the city.
The Climate Office addresses the comprehensive climate file, including both mitigation and adaptation. The office is managed by the Director Sustainability and Climate Change of the City of Rotterdam, Paula Verhoeven.
Mission & ambition
Improving the climate for the benefit of people, the environment, and the economy; that is the challenge confronted by the collective initiators; Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam, employers' organization Deltalinqs, and DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond.
Implementation of the programme is a joint activity of the following two Rotterdam departments: the Municipal Public Works Department and the Department of urban development.
In addition, they collaborate actively with the Municipal Health Service (GGD), the Sports and Recreational Department, the Water Boards, various government bodies, NGOs and knowledge institutes. They report to the Municipal Executive. The RCI board are jointly responsible for the coherence, quality and progress of the programme.
The Rotterdam Climate Proof Recommendations Committee consists of Paula Verhoeven (City of Rotterdam, Chairperson), Hans Beekman (Stadshavens), Jan Willem Croon (Woonbron), Piet Dircke (Arcadis, HRO), Cees Donker (IBM), Mai Elmar (City of Rotterdam), Jan Geluk (Hollandse Delta Water Board, WSHD), Marlon Huysmans (OVG), Sander de Iongh (Economic Development Board Rotterdam, EDBR), Pavel Kabat (WUR, KvR), Arie Kraaijeveld (Netherlands Water Partnership, NWP), Henk Ovink (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Directorate-General, DGR), Renske Peters (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment-DGW), Wiert-Jan de Raaf (RCI), Jan Rotmans (EUR), Marcel Stive (Delft University of Technology, TuD), Pier Vellinga (WUR, KvK) and Chris Zevenbergen (Dura Vermeer, Delft University of Technology and Unesco-IHE).
Clinton Climate Initiative
The Rotterdam Climate Initiative is part of the international Clinton Climate Initiative. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) was founded in August of 2006 by the Clinton Foundation, the foundation of Bill Clinton, former President of the United States. The mission of CCI is to apply a business-oriented approach to fight against climate change. Stimulating the use of new technologies and finding practical and measurable solutions are pivotal aspects of this approach.
CCI collaborates with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, an association of 40 large cities all over the world dedicated to tackling climate change by developing and implementing a range of actions that will accelerate CO2 emissions reduction. In 2008, during the World Port Climate Conference that took place in Rotterdam, CCI marked out Rotterdam as ‘World Capital for CCS’, capture and storage of CO2 (PDF). Read more on the Clinton Climate Initiative at the website of the Clinton Foundation