Sustainability becomes concrete and tangible through new developments and restructurings in the city. Stadshavens Rotterdam and Heijplaat, the Rotterdam Central District around the Central Station and Hart van Zuid are appealing examples.
This area development creates opportunities for added value for the city and the relevant area as well as for citizens of Rotterdam and parties such as developers, corporations, builders and investors. These opportunities are created if we manage to fine-tune the unique features of a location and (construction) developments together with the relevant parties in the area from the point of view of sustainability. Fine-tuning and cooperation may lead to gains in the area of waste, biodiversity, outdoor space, energy efficiency, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and public transport, noise, green, air quality and water storage.
What do we want to achieve?
A sustainability performance that is as high as possible when developing areas. The goals and ambitions of the Sustainability programme guide in cases of new development as well as restructuring. Our goal is that each spatial change should lead to a better living environment. And, as a result, market value.
How are we going to achieve this goal?
In the City Centre, Rotterdam Central District, Stadshavens Rotterdam and Rotterdam-Zuid, we see large opportunities for sustainable area development. Our approach is based on the Rotterdam Energy Approach (REAP), which focuses on the exchange of energy flows. Together with the market parties, we will work on a clean, green and healthy city on the construction and area level. Through smart planning, which will reduce our energy demand, by building heating and cooling networks and by building more (innovative) forms of water storage. Building floating constructions is another option; Stadshavens Rotterdam is particularly suitable for this. Climate-proofing will be an integral part of the Rotterdam planning process.
Sustainable development Rotterdam
On 16 July 2008, a large number of market parties and aldermen Karakus and Harbers signed the cooperation agreement Sustainable Development in Rotterdam. In this cooperation agreement, it has been agreed that: the property sector will engage in large-scale cooperation in order to increase the sustainability of Rotterdam building projects. More information: www.duurzaamontwikkelenrotterdam.nl
For many sustainability themes, an area-based approach is necessary in order to make actual progress. Especially when there are no new (construction) developments in a certain area. Together with the submunicipalities, we are working on an area-based translation of the goals of the programme. Together with them, we will look for ways to get investments in, for example, green, energy savings, and sustainable energy generation off the ground by creating support among local residents and companies. The pilot area for this is Heijplaat.
With each development in the city, we will also look for physical possibilities within the projects to close the relative health gap of citizens of Rotterdam. In particular through air quality improvement and noise abatement. Sustainable area development and the Living Environment Quality Framework (Kader Leefomgevingskwaliteit or KLOK) will become an integral part of the municipality's implementation practice.
Activities and results for 2010-2014