By 2050 the Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 95 per cent compared to 1990 figures. The Hague set ambitious goals to become carbon neutral by 2030 and achieve a net zero carbon footprint 20 years ahead of the Netherlands.
Towards a climate neutral city by 2030
The Hague is the international city of peace and justice and the municipality is committed to helping meet UN Sustainable Development Goals. The city is keen to comply with the Paris Agreement and is committed to preventing global warming. It is also a frontrunner in contributing to the EU climate action programme. By 2050, the Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 95 per cent compared to 1990 figures.
The Hague has set ambitious goals to become carbon neutral by 2030 and achieve a net zero carbon footprint, 20 years ahead of national policy.
The Hague has been the home of the Dutch oil and gas industry, which is active across Europe and the world. The city hosts not only the global headquarters of Shell, Europe’s largest public company, and the Dutch head offices of most other oil and gas producers, such as Total, Saudi Aramco, Dana Petroleum and Wintershall, but also the head offices of the major engineering and service companies active in the oil and gas sector, such as Worley, McDermott, Bilfinger Tebodin and Technip.
These two internationally renowned research institutions have spawned dozens of innovative start-ups and scale-ups in the energy sector, many of which have settled in the region. This includes a long stream of startups going through incubator Yes!Delft, chosen in 2018 as the second-best university-affiliated tech startup incubator in the world.
Energy Transition Challenge
Yet this is only half the story. As the energy sector is undergoing a radical transformation towards a zero-carbon future, The Hague is also rapidly developing into an internationally leading centre of “new energy” activities.
The Hague region has a great track record in the energy sector, especially in oil and gas. Being close to the Port of Rotterdam and its petrochemical industry certainly helps, but The Hague is also home to various companies that work in North Sea upstream energy, including Total, Siemens Gamesa, Orsted, Wintershall and Neptune Energy.
Several large global engineering companies, such as McDermott, Jacobs, Tebodin and Technip, are based in the city too. In addition, Royal Dutch Shell is headquartered in The Hague, an international company that has chosen to be located close to the heart of national government, which is pivotal in issuing licences for the Dutch North Sea Shelf.
The municipality plays a vital role in linking companies with important local and national partners:
• Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
• Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry (IRO)
• The Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association (NOGEPA)
• The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
• Delft University of Technology
• Research institutes and start-ups
In The Hague Traditional players and start-ups as well as science and technology companies and institutes are teaming up in West Holland to be at the forefront of renewable and sustainable energy. For example, firms in the horticulture sector have made impressive progress over the years by decreasing their energy consumption and carbon footprint. Other next-generation energy sources such as wind and solar power are also being developed and tested by young enterprises at the tech incubator YES!Delft in cooperation with established companies based outside the regional energy cluster.
Wind energy sector frontrunners such as Siemens-Gamesa and Ørsted have decided to scale up their business in the Netherlands and have opted for The Hague.
The first urban-based geothermal station in the Netherlands is located in The Hague. Geothermal heat can be found not far below ground surface and is an excellent alternative energy source. Open Innovation Centre Well Technology has been recently opened in Rijswijk.
The Hague Sea Port-Scheveningen
This has a lot to do with The Hague’s intimate relation to the North Sea, the most important renewable energy hotspot in the Netherlands. You have probably heard that the North Sea will in the coming decade be transformed into one of the world’s largest centres for offshore wind generation. What you may not realise is that this revolution has implications far beyond the simple production of renewable energy.
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