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Developing a sustainable transport corridor

craig savy-small

This author no longer works for DNV GL.

On 5 March 2014 DNV GL joined a partnership that helps build towards a sustainable and thriving transport corridor in the Netherlands in 2030. DNV GL demonstrates the benefits of solar energy in the development of a sustainable and flourishing transport corridor in 2030.

In the Netherlands three major Dutch transport routes connect Rotterdam to Duisburg (Germany) and lead further into Europe. Together these routes form an important part of the European (transport) corridors including the Rhine, Alpine and North Sea, and Baltic.

Transport over these arteries offers the Dutch region significant opportunities for economic development and job creation. Linking this to sustainability targets of policy makers—and the general public desire of becoming more sustainable—strengthens these opportunities and also contributes to the logistic power, the innovative climate, and the sustainable profile of the region. The region could become an (inter) national example.

DNV GL is one of fifteen regional, private, and public, stakeholders that recognize this perspective and joined the collaboration (Sustainable Transport Corridor Betuwe, DTB, coordinated by regional government) to build towards a sustainable and thriving transport corridor in 2030. On 5 March 2014, DNV GL signed the Joint Declaration and Programme of Action that kicked of this cooperation.

In this cooperation, my team, New Energy Technologies, will use our experience in assessing the impact of new energy technologies (impact on energy infrastructure and business models), evaluating the performance of these new technologies (to be able to optimize), and supporting the independent implementation. In this project DNV GL will focus on the generation of renewable energy. Additionally, we have already studied various business models for effective and efficient PV strips along the transport routes. This study proves that solar energy is an important and viable option in the Netherlands. It is good to see that involvement of local industry in setting up a workable business case for renewable power generation positively contributes to the development of a sustainable transport corridor. Where resistance was expected co-development turned out to be the oil in the machine.

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