Port of Rotterdam: sustainable inland shipping
Electric sailing can be used to reduce CO₂ emissions in inland shipping. On 2 June 2020, Zero Emission Services B.V. (ZES) was launched: a new company co-founded by the Port that helps increase the sustainability of the inland shipping sector by leasing exchangeable battery containers (known as ZES-Packs) to businesses in the sector. The HEINEKEN beer company has entered into an agreement with ZES, who will be providing emission-free beer transports from the brewery in Zoeterwoude to Moerdijk for ten years.
This first vessel will be joined by another five over the course of 2021. To charge these batteries a network of charging stations will be created resulting in a national grid of approximately 20 charge points. By 2030, ZES expects that around 150 inland vessels will be powered by the new battery containers.