By 2030, Rotterdam will generate more renewable energy than the city uses
In 2030, Rotterdam will generate more renewable energy than the city’s current total consumption. By that time, half of the homes will be heated using residual heat recovered from companies in the port complex. Two thirds of all households will then be provided with wind turbine-generated energy. This is one of the ambitions expressed in the 2015-2018 Rotterdam Programme on Sustainability and Climate Change, entitled ‘The importance of sustainability brought home to the people of Rotterdam’ (Duurzaam dichter bij de Rotterdammer), that Alderman Pex Langenberg (responsible for sustainability) presented to the City Council on Thursday, 26 March.Read more
Start of tidal park: new natural area along the meuse river
This year, we will revitalize and green the banks of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse River) in Rotterdam. The introduction of lush greenery and a healthy cover of riparian vegetation to the river banks and the tide-influenced estuary will result in the creation of an attractive new landscape: the tidal park. On 16 March, work began at the Mallegatpark, to be followed later in 2015 by the Nassauhaven. The initial phase of the Green Gateway project was started up in 2014, on the headland near Rozenburg by the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway).Read more
Rotterdam to launch the world’s first water-filled Rain(a)way tile
Rotterdam takes a new step forward in the battle for dry feet – in a quite literal sense, for shortly now, the Rain(a)way tile will turn the pavement into an important storage facility for excess rainwater. This was reported in the daily newspaper Metro.
200.000 m2 green roofs in Rotterdam
Rotterdam currently has a total of 200,000 m2 of green roofs, the equivalent of over 30 football pitches. Green roofs enhance Rotterdam’s green appeal and absorb excess rainwater. In times of heavy rainfall, they reduce the pressure on the sewerage system. Particularly in brick-dominated areas such as the city centre and old urban districts, green roofs are necessary in order to keep our feet dry. In addition, green roofs save energy (keeping homes cooler in summertime) and double the life of the roof. Furthermore, they enhance the city’s biodiversity.
People in Rotterdam can breathe a sigh of relief
2014-12-04Clean air should be a basic right for every citizen in Rotterdam. In the past few years, the air quality in Rotterdam has improved, but not to a satisfactory degree. The municipal authorities of Rotterdam therefore focus on addressing the key pollutant affecting the health of the population: soot. One important measure within the total set of measures concerns expansion of the environmental zone. This entails that access to a large part of the city will be prohibited to the most polluting vehicles. Read more