Sustainability

North Sea Port wishes to further develop the port in a sustainable manner. In and around the port area, we respect nature and the living environment. We also facilitate efficient spatial planning for companies in the port area. We promote more sustainable transport of goods and set up ambitious projects in collaboration with our stakeholders.

Sustainable transport of goods 

In order to develop North Sea Port further into a multimodal logistics platform, we are constantly working on the multimodal infrastructure and the accessibility of the port. For a number of years, we have been actively implementing the modal shift from road transport to railways, inland shipping and pipelines for the supply and removal of goods. We do this not only to facilitate and serve clients, but also to prevent congestion in the port area. Up to 90% of the hinterland traffic used to be carried out by trucks. As the road network in Europe is becoming increasingly saturated, only 1/3 of the hinterland traffic is currently still carried out by trucks. In the near future we want to reduce this share even more. 

Efficient spatial planning 

We utilise the space available in the port area in a well-considered and sustainable manner: with correct integration of activities in the port area, taking into account both the wishes of companies and contextual business site factors. We provide a maximum symbiosis between companies by clustering them in the best way possible. This allows them to complement and strengthen one another, e.g. by exchanging waste flows. 

Respect for living environment and nature 

The port is growing and at the same time respects the healthy living environment in the surrounding villages and the buffer areas in the immediate vicinity. By collaborating with companies, the competent authorities and environmental associations and organisations, our aim is to achieve jointly defined sustainability objectives. We encourage companies to apply “clean technologies” in their business processes and to try and exchange waste flows with other port users. 

As a logistics and industrial port, North Sea Port itself is also a source of CO2 emissions. These emissions are related to production (which is characteristic of some of the activities in the port). We are committed to reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging companies to avoid, reduce or utilise CO2 emissions, and by promoting transport via inland shipping, by rail and pipelines instead of road transport. 

We want to make the port activities less dependent on fossil fuels and aim to have a minimum of 30% renewable energy in our energy production mix by 2022. 

Together. Smarter: collaboration with stakeholders 

North Sea Port, companies, authorities and organisations are actively collaborating to turn North Sea Port into an increasingly sustainable port.