Rotterdam Officials Sign MOU to host World Hydrogen 2022 Summit & Exhibition
The Province of Zuid-Holland, the City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam have signed an MOU with the Sustainable Energy Council (SEC) to organise the World Hydrogen 2022 Summit & Exhibition taking place at Rotterdam Ahoy on 8-10 March 2022.
The leaders from the 4 organisations held a launch event, concurring with the region’s Climate Week, where they showcased the partnership in front of an audience of governmental and industry representatives, including: Regional Minister for Transition of Port and Industry Jeannette Baljeu; Vice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air & Energy Transition, City of Rotterdam, Arno Bonte; Port of Rotterdam Director Commercial Delivery, Stijn van Els; Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy MT Member Electricity Department, Gijs Postma; and others.
“Rotterdam has already taken major steps in developing production, transportation and use of hydrogen, and our future ambitions are even bigger”Arno Bonte, Vice-Mayor City of Rotterdam
The stated aim of the World Hydrogen 2022 Summit & Exhibition is to be the go-to global platform for policy makers and industry stakeholders to increase collaboration, showcase advancements, and share expertise to ensure the rapid scale-up and delivery of a global hydrogen economy, in line with 2030 and 2050 climate goals. SEC organises three of these summit & exhibition events every year: one in Asia, one in the America’s and one in Europe. Rotterdam has been chosen by SEC as the logical location for the World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition for years to come.
By hosting World Hydrogen 2022, the Province, the City and the Port are highlighting their regional commitment to become Europe’s Hydrogen Hub, which is a key component of the Port’s strategy towards a circular economy and carbon-neutrality by 2050. The plans include the development of a world-class hydrogen value chain, with projects including large scale production of green and blue hydrogen, imports and infrastructure, all of them now under way at the Port of Rotterdam.
Jeannette Baljeu, Regional Minister for Transition of Port and Industry: “The province of Zuid-Holland sees an important role for hydrogen to meet our climate goals. Hydrogen will be an essential part of the transition to a green economy. Therefore, we have joined forces with various partners in Europe’s Hydrogen Hub Zuid-holland; a triple helix collaboration that strives for a clean hydrogen economy. This summit is the perfect opportunity to extend collaboration and share knowledge with governments and business on an international level.”
Arno Bonte, Vice-Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air and Energy Transition: “Hydrogen plays a crucial role in our energy transition. Rotterdam has already taken major steps in developing production, transportation and use of hydrogen, and our future ambitions are even bigger. The World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam is an opportunity to exchange the best hydrogen solutions in order to renew our economy and fight the climate crisis effectively.”
Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam: “Rotterdam’s existing ecosystem of hydrogen off-takers, its existing tank terminals, its world class companies, its international network and its ambitious plans and proven track record of developing world-class facilities, will work as an accelerator for hydrogen activities. An annual summit and exhibition about actual developments is a logical addition to this."
Chris Hugall, Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Council (SEC): “SEC is very proud of our ongoing partnership with the Province, City and Port of Rotterdam to deliver the 3rd edition of the World Hydrogen 2022 Summit & Exhibition, the only large-scale hydrogen event with their official support. At this crucial time for the hydrogen industry, we invite the international community to join us at World Hydrogen 2022 to witness the advancements & make key connections to continue this important drive towards a sustainable energy transition.”