By 2050 the Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 95% compared to 1990 figures. The Hague set ambitious goals to become CO2 neutral by 2030 and achieve a net-zero CO2 footprint 20 years ahead of the Netherlands.
The Hague has been home to the Dutch oil and gas industry for many decades. In the Energy sector choosing The Hague has always been a strategic choice to be located close to the Dutch government, which is pivotal in issuing licences for the Dutch North Sea Shelf. Today the city hosts not only the global headquarters of Shell, Europe’s largest public company and the Dutch head offices of some of the largest oil and gas companies
but also attracted several major engineering and service companies active in the oil and gas sector:
Wind energy global leaders as Siemens-Gamesa and Ørsted have decided to scale up their business in the Netherlands and have opted for The Hague, traditional players together with science and technology companies as well as institutes are teaming up to develop sustainable solutions to decrease energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Young enterprises at the tech incubator YES!Delft in cooperation with established companies develop and test next-generation energy sources such as wind and solar power.
The first urban-based geothermal station in the Netherlands is located in The Hague. Geothermal heat can be found not far below the ground surface and is an excellent alternative energy source. Open Innovation Centre Well Technology has been recently opened in Rijswijk.
A deliberate choice was made for open innovation. Any interested company is welcome to use the facilities in the lab. The consortium is actively working on setting up a community of companies that in collaboration with others will create a network of companies active in geothermal energy, heat storage and salt extraction together with machine builders and suppliers of components and materials.
Towards a CO2 neutral city by 2030
In The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, the local government is fully committed to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. The city is keen to comply with the Paris Agreement and is committed to preventing global warming. By 2050 the Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 95 % 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 the Netherlands.
Energy Transition Challenge
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 large number of startups going through incubator Yes!Delft, chosen in 2018 as the second-best university-affiliated tech startup incubator in the world.
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 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.
Our strategic partners
The municipality as well several key partners play a vital role in linking companies with important local and national partners:
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