Program 2021
  • Wednesday September 8
  • 10:00
    11:15
    Official opening & Energy expert exchange

    Official opening

    The versatility of Rotterdam with the port and industry on the one hand and the bustling city and associated community on the other makes Rotterdam a figurehead for opportunities and challenges in the field of energy transition. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb will therefore open the conference with a keynote speech.

    Energy expert exchange

    Not just thinking, but also act ! What needs to be done to achieve the climate goals? Which concrete steps need to be taken now towards a cleaner energy future? And who takes which role? Energy experts As Tempelman (CEO Eneco), Piet Jan Heijboer (CEO Croonwolter&dros), Stephan Brandligt (Delft Alderman for Sustainability and Chairman of the Regional Energy Strategy Rotterdam- The Hague) and Sandra Phlippen (Chief Economist Economics Bureau ABN AMRO) kick off with their vision on the energy transition. Thanks to moderator Remco de Boer, who himself is an energy expert, sharpness will not be lacking during the dialogue.


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    Plenary room

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    Recharge Earth

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    Plenary
    Wednesday September 8
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  • 11:30
    13:00
    Pioneering in the electricity grid

    The role of stability and flexibility in the grid. Our electricity grid is changing. But who takes care of this? How do these pioneers do this? How do they deploy new technologies? One thing is clear: we do this together! Would you like to know how we do this and what role stability and flexibility plays in this? We will tell you more about it on the basis of three perspectives in this break-out session.

    Speakers:

    • Wouter Terlouw  (Advisor Energy System) - Municipality of Rotterdam
    • Marianne Postmus   (Business Developer eNeRGico, Energy Automation Solutions) - Croonwolter&dros
    • Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal  (Assistant Professor) - Erasmus University
    • Douwe van den Wall Bake  (Innovation Manager) - TBI
    • Ed van Moolenbroek  (Head of Bay Replacement Program) - TenneT
    • Daphne Geelen  (Innovation Manager) - Enexis Netbeheer
    • Wim de Jong  (Director Asset Management)- Croonwolter&dros
    • Leo Vliegenhart  (Asset Manager Energy Supply) - RET

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    Cities & Communities

    Theme:
    Technology & Innovation
    Host:
    Croonwolterand dros

    Session type:
    Breakout round 1
    Wednesday September 8 Technology & Innovation
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  • 11:30
    12:30
    Energy transition and circular value chains - the need for collaboration.

    To make the energy transition for both industry and port a success, it is necessary for the business community, government and knowledge institutions to work closely together. There is no silver bullet, but there will have to be a combination of different techniques and approaches. Furthermore, achieving ambitious climate goals requires, in addition to the energy transition, the implementation of circular value chains in the industrial sector. In this session, the various perspectives will be discussed.

    Speakers:

    • Andrea Ramírez  (Professor of Low Carbon Systems and Technologies) - TU Delft
    • Ruud van Ommen  (Professor of Chemical Engineering) - TU Delft

     


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    Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Technology & Innovation | Infrastructure & Energy transition | International cooperations
    Host:
    TU Delft

    Session type:
    Breakout round 1
    Wednesday September 8 Technology & Innovation | Infrastructure & Energy transition | International cooperations
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  • 11:30
    13:00
    Charging a just transition - Join the conversation about an affordable and just energy transition

    How is the energy transition experienced by the various residents of Rotterdam? And how do you take this into account when it comes to affordability and equality? During this break-out session, the Municipality of Rotterdam, a neighborhood initiative, a Language Environmental Coach and Eneco will further look in to this matter. You will be informed on what the municipality is doing on this subject, what challenges a Language Environmental Coach sees behind the front door of residents, how you involve the neighborhood in the energy transition and in which ways an energy company contributes. In the second part of the break-out session, we will discuss how you can reduce energy poverty in the energy transition through research. You can choose from two mini workshops. In the workshop by TNO you will learn different aspects of energy poverty and we will work with examples to work out solutions. In the other workshop you will learn how an interaction between knowledge (TU Delft) and practice (Municipality of Rotterdam) is used to look at a participatory approach for the energy transition in the district. In short, an educational session for everyone!

    Moderator:
    Olof van der Gaag

    Speakers:

    • Lianne Mack  (Advisor Sustainability) - Municipality of Rotterdam
    • Manja Thiry   (Heat Director) - Eneco
    • Erwin Mlecnik   (Assistant lecturer) - TU Delft
    • Koen Straver  (Researcher) - TNO, Energy Transition Studies
    • Houria Tourich (Language Environmental Coach ) - Pauw Foundation
    • Oubbol Oung  (Policy advisor) - Municipality of Rotterdam
    • Josee van Linschoten (Founder) - WijkEnergieWerkt

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    Cities & Communities

    Theme:
    Social impact
    Host:
    Municipality of Rotterdam

    Session type:
    Breakout round 1
    Wednesday September 8 Social impact
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  • 11:30
    13:00
    Who is leading the way in the development of a sustainable city, who will follow & who will no longer participate?

    Investments are continuously made in the city: long-term investments that make tomorrow possible. Today's tomorrow is a climate neutral city with a circular economy. To get there we need new techniques, but above all a new system. A system where government and financiers, innovators and corporates, business and citizens work together in a different way. In this break out session we are investigating this new system with various parties. We provide tools for making projects feasible and financeable. The time for talking is over, it is time for sustainable urban development. 

    Speakers

    • Rense van Dijk - Living Sustainable
    • Laetitia Ouillet - The Windbird
    • Dirk Brounen   - Tilburg University
    • Yvonne Neef - Invest-NL

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    Cities & Communities

    Theme:
    Infrastructure & Energy transition | Financing & New business models
    Host:
    Invest-NL

    Session type:
    Breakout round 1
    Wednesday September 8 Infrastructure & Energy transition | Financing & New business models
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  • 14:00
    15:00
    Innovations in double use of space in solar energy

    Nice that dual use of space contributes to support, but how do we achieve that and what does this mean for governments, local residents, companies and financial institutions?'

    The Netherlands is full, almost every square centimeter has been claimed. The energy transition is a relatively new spatial development that requires space in the countryside. We must therefore use the available space sparingly, and this can be done by giving the space as many dual functions as possible. For solar energy, more and more innovative and affordable dual functions are coming into view. When we think of double functions, we instantly think of roofs and the now classic former garbage dumps and sludge depots, which have their own challenges. Solarfields increasingly sees an opportunity in an affordable combination of energy generation and agriculture, water storage, or combining parking spaces with solar panels so that cars can park under the panels. For example, Solarfields is currently fully engaged in the construction of the world's largest solar carport at the Lowlands site in Biddinghuizen. During this session, Solarfields wishes to provide you with additional insight into the innovative dual functions with solar PV of the future. By entering into an interactive discussion with you, we can jointly identify the hurdles to be overcome in order to capitalize on the opportunities of the future and maintain support for the energy transition.

    Speaker:

    Edward Stigter (Deputy for climate and energy, IPO board and subsidies) - Province of North Holland

     


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    Cities & Communities

    Theme:
    Technology & Innovation | Social impact | Financing & New business models
    Host:
    Solarfields

    Session type:
    Breakout round 2
    Wednesday September 8 Technology & Innovation | Social impact | Financing & New business models
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  • 14:00
    15:00
    Energy transition The Game: finance the transition, stay profitable and achieve the climate goals!

    Have you always wanted to be Prime Minister of the Netherlands? Or CFO of an electricity company? Or as a CTO wanting to map out the technical route for Industry or the Housing Corporations? Then "Energy Transition The Game" is your chance! Accomplishing and financing the energy transition is complex. Companies and government are dependent on each other. They must take far-reaching measures with limited resources to achieve the climate goals. To really accelerate this long-term vision , trust and cooperation are crucial. It is exactly these qualities that are needed to successfully play "Energy Transition The Game". During the game you experience this complexity by putting yourself in the shoes of the protagonists.

    Speakers

    • Arnold Mulder (Sector Banker Energy) - ABN AMRO
    • Erik Botter (Corporate Banker Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO
    • Alex Boers (Corporate Banker Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO
    • Ralph van Kaam (Corporate Banker & Teamlead Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO
    • Hylke Hoekstra (Corporate Banker Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO

     


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    Cities & Communities EN Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Financing & New business models | Infrastructure & Energy transition | Technology & Innovation
    Host:
    ABN AMRO

    Session type:
    Breakout round 2
    Wednesday September 8 Financing & New business models | Infrastructure & Energy transition | Technology & Innovation
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  • 14:00
    15:00
    The heat is hot! - How heat projects get off the ground

    The urgency of sustainability is becoming increasingly clear. Thanks to district heating, neighborhoods are less and less dependent on natural gas. Heat is therefore a necessary part of the energy mix to realize the transition. However, the financial business case for heat networks has not (yet) been settled. Deloitte will inform you which aspects are needed to get heat projects off the ground. The different steps of the decision-making process will be discussed, as well as different perspectives, from housing association to the municipality of Rotterdam. Neil Lomax and Mark Platier of Deloitte will also discuss the subject with Petra de Groene of the Municipality of Rotterdam. 


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    Cities & Communities AND Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Financing & New business models | Social impact | Infrastructure & Energy transition
    Host:
    Deloitte

    Session type:
    Breakout round 2
    Wednesday September 8 Financing & New business models | Social impact | Infrastructure & Energy transition
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  • 15:15
    16:30
    Interaction between policy and behavior

    A sustainable energy future is only feasible if the energy transition is broadly supported. Moreover, real progress is taking place on a global scale or at least on a European level. The European Union's climate policy therefore determines the climate goals of the Netherlands in a broad sense. During this session, policymakers talk about climate policy and its translation into concrete projects. Support is needed for these projects to succeed. Climate psychologist Gerdien de Vries (TU Delft) examines the interaction between policy and behavior of citizens, journalists, companies and politicians. Arno Bonte, Rotterdam alderman for sustainability and energy transition, will further explain the theme with a practical example: how has Rotterdam translated the policy into concrete projects and included stakeholders in this process? In addition, Olof van der Gaag , director NVDE, will join.


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    Wednesday September 8
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  • Thursday September 9
  • 10:00
    11:00
    Together towards a new energy system
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    The Netherlands has everything it takes to take a leading role in the (European) energy transition. Few countries are so well located, next to the North Sea, with opportunities for large-scale electricity generation. There are also industrial clusters, deep-sea ports, technical know-how and a good infrastructure. This infrastructure offers opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, thanks to gas exports, the Netherlands has good network connections with the rest of Europe. On the other hand, a new energy system requires a different kind of infrastructure. We are not talking about a small adjustment but about a fundamental conversion of the system. What is needed to capitalize on the leading starting position of the Netherlands? This will be discussed during Recharge Earth with network operators, customers and providers. 

    Speakers :

    • David Peters (Member of the board) - Stedin
    • Ruben Beens ( CEO Branch Netherlands / Retail Operations Director) - bp Ruben Beens
    • Kees-Jan Rameau (Chief Strategic Growth Officer, Executive Board) - Eneco
    • Ulco Vermeulen (Board of Directors) - Gasunie
    • Helene Geijtenbeek - Deloitte

     


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    Plenary room

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    Plenary
    Thursday September 9
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  • 11:15
    12:15
    Heat transition at regional level offers opportunities, but how?

    The Regional Energy Strategy Rotterdam The Hague provides an insight into the heat supply in this region, which heating demand needs to be made more sustainable and what opportunities it offers.

    . The consortium RHDHV, Graydient and Fakton, commissioned by EBN and Invest-NL and in collaboration with the RES Rotterdam The Hague, has investigated what the exchange of heat in the region could look like. During the working session, we will discuss the findings of this research and how it ended up in the RES. On the basis of stimulating propositions, we enter into a conversation with the participants about how the heat transition can be shaped in this region. Who and what is needed to capitalize on the opportunities in the region and what are the risks?  

    Speakers:

    • Sander de Jong  (Business Advisor EBN, Senior Research) - TUDelft
    • Abo Rassa  (Senior Business Developer) - Invest-NL
    • Stephan Brandligt (Alderman I Chairman Steering Committee Regional Energy Strategy Rotterdam The Hague) - Municipality of Delft

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    Cities & Communities AND Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Financing & New business models | International cooperations | Infrastructure & Energy transition
    Host:
    Regional Energy Strategy (RES) Rotterdam The Hague

    Session type:
    Breakout round 3
    Thursday September 9 Financing & New business models | International cooperations | Infrastructure & Energy transition
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  • 11:15
    12:15
    Direct electrification is the driver of green hydrogen for industry - How direct electrification of heat demand makes the use of green hydrogen commercially viable

    In industry, almost 70% of energy consumption goes into the production of heat for industrial processes. This mainly is done with natural gas, which releases a lot of CO2. It is possible to make this greener by producing heat with green electricity. 

    It is not yet the full solution because wind and sun are not always available, however, in combination with heat storage or with (blue or green) hydrogen, further greening is available sooner than you think. Eneco gives their vision on how a greener industry can be achieved. A realistic picture of a practical solution for the CO2 emissions of the industry. 

    Speakers:

    • Eric van Herel  (Domain Manager Industry) - Eneco
    • Martin Lovland (Technical Director) - Parat Halvorsen AS
    • Josepha van Kollenburg (Director) - Fieldlab Industrial Electrification

     


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    Focus area:
    Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Infrastructure & Energy transition
    Host:
    Eneco

    Session type:
    Breakout round 3
    Thursday September 9 Infrastructure & Energy transition
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  • 11:15
    12:15
    The business case of flexibility in the energy system and applied in practice

    New opportunities and possibilities arise for buyers and producers in the energy system as a result of the energy transition. Automation makes more and more applications possible for smaller parties and everyone is becoming more aware of their energy consumption. In this session, grid operator Stedin explains how you can build a positive business case, where to start and where opportunities lie. In addition, you get an insight into the energy landscape of the future. We do this by sharing insights, market information and we work out a practical example. In this session, think along how we deal with obstacles and how we can give direction to a more sustainable ecosystem together

    Speakers :

    • Bart Smakman (Proposition Manager Flexibility) - Stedin
    • Arjen Zuijderduijn (Advisor Innovation) - Stedin
       

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    Cities & Communities

    Theme:
    Infrastructure & Energy transition
    Host:
    Stedin

    Session type:
    Breakout round 3
    Thursday September 9 Infrastructure & Energy transition
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  • 11:15
    12:15
    Energy transition The Game: finance the transition, stay profitable and achieve the climate goals!

    Have you always wanted to be Prime Minister of the Netherlands? Or CFO of an electricity company? Or as a CTO wanting to map out the technical route for Industry or the Housing Corporations? Then "Energy Transition The Game" is your chance! Accomplishing and financing the energy transition is complex. Companies and government are dependent on each other. They must take far-reaching measures with limited resources to achieve the climate goals. To really accelerate his long-term vision , trust and cooperation are crucial. It is exactly these qualities that are needed to successfully play "Energy Transition The Game". During the game you experience this complexity by putting yourself in the shoes of the protagonists.

    Speakers:

    • Arnold Mulder (Sector Banker Energy) - ABN AMRO
    • Erik Botter (Corporate Banker Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO
    • Alex Boers (Corporate Banker Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO
    • Ralph van Kaam (Corporate Banker & Teamlead Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO
    • Hylke Hoekstra (Corporate Banker Sustainable Energy & Recycling) - ABN AMRO

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    Cities & Communities AND Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Financing & New business models | Infrastructure & Energy transition | Technology & Innovation
    Host:
    ABN ARMO

    Session type:
    Breakout round 3
    Thursday September 9 Financing & New business models | Infrastructure & Energy transition | Technology & Innovation
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  • 11:15
    13:30
    The natural gas-free neighborhood - lunch at the Pendrecht natural gas-free living room

    Powered by Bondi

    Curious about how the transition to a natural gas-free neighborhood takes place in real life? How does this remain feasible and affordable for all Rotterdammers? Come and take a look in Pendrecht! We already reveal the following: the process starts by listening carefully to what the residents of the neighborhood want. Then the search for matching opportunities starts. The center of this transition is the natural gas-free living room in Pendrecht, where local residents can go for advice on energy saving, information about making their home natural gas-free and also for cooking on induction. In a group we cycle from Ahoy in less than 10 minutes through a green environment to this living room, where lunch will be provided. 


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    Bondi

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    Fieldtrip
    Thursday September 9
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  • 13:30
    14:30
    Innovation is cooperation

    A cleaner energy future requires brainpower. Preferably from different backgrounds. Start-ups are agile, fast and innovative. And a large corporate has more market knowledge, experience and a broader network. Together they are essential for the energy transition. Because together you innovate smarter and faster. But those two extremes have to find each other. This requires an innovative ecosystem. Professor Vareska van de Vrande (Erasmus University Rotterdam) knows better than anyone what conditions are needed to stimulate innovative capacity and entrepreneurial spirit. Moderator Remco de Boer will speak with her. Also,  Geert van de Wouw  (Managing Director Shell Ventures),  Arnold Mulder (Sector Banker Energy at ABN AMRO), Ferdinand Grapperhaus Jr.  (CEO and co-founder of PHYSEE), and  Jan Bot (co-founder of zepp.solutions) participate in the session.


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    Plenary room

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    Host:
    Recharge Earth

    Session type:
    Plenary
    Thursday September 9
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  • 14:45
    15:45
    How do we develop a hydrogen economy?

    Hydrogen is one of the solutions to achieve the ambitious climate goals for 2030. After all, CO2 emissions must then have dropped by at least 49% compared to 1990 and even by 55% according to the tightened EU rules. 

    In this meeting you will be taken briefly into the characteristics of hydrogen. This is followed by an update of the current projects in the main port of Rotterdam. Subsequently, the need for the realization of a hydrogen backbone is discussed. Finally, there is room for questions from the participants and a short discussion. 

    Speakers:

    • Alice Krekt (Program Director Deltalinqs Climate Program) - Deltalinqs
    • Matthijs Groenewegen (Business Development Engineer) - bp
    • Diederick Luijten (Vice President Hydrogen Energy - NW Europe & CIS Countries) - Air Liquide
    • Randolf Weterings (Program Manager Electrification & Hydrogen) - Port of Rotterdam Authority

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    Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Technology & Innovation
    Host:
    Deltalinqs

    Session type:
    Breakout round 4
    Thursday September 9 Technology & Innovation
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  • 14:45
    15:45
    Think Micro, Optimize Local

    Sustainable decentralized energy sources & new forms of cooperation
    What would happen if you could link large-scale and distributed generation directly to the public infrastructure and heat networks?
    What is involved in the collaboration? What should you arrange with each other before, during and after the collaboration? What opportunities are there to accelerate the energy transition? We'll tell you all about it during this break-out session.

    Speakers:

    • Tom Hellevoort   (Software Engineer Energy Automation Systems) - Croonwolter&dros
    • Hans Pos    (Senior Consultant) - Croonwolter&dros
    • Steven Twigge  (Business Designer & Innovation Partner) - Switch Energy
    • Rob van Tulder (Professor International Business-Society Management) - Erasmus University Rotterdam 
    • Lexje Rietveld  (Rotterdam heat city manager) - Eneco
    • Stefan van der Voorn - RWS
    • Roland Kroes - Discussion leader

     


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    Cities & Communities

    Theme:
    Infrastructure & Energy transition | Financing & New business models
    Host:
    Croonwolteranddros

    Session type:
    Breakout round 4
    Thursday September 9 Infrastructure & Energy transition | Financing & New business models
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  • 14:45
    15:45
    Failing ICT projects as a headwind for the energy transition

    FLORIJN conducted research into the contribution of ICT in achieving goals for the NL energy transition. This shows that IT is seen as an important driver for achieving the energy transition. On the other hand, it also appears that many IT projects do not deliver the expected end result. How did that happen? Where is it going wrong? And how can such projects successfully reach the finish line? Do you want to achieve a successful energy transition through IT? In a panel discussion we will discuss with important players in the energy market and try to put our finger on what is going wrong and how it can be improved.

    Speakers: 

    • Eric van Heck (Professor Information Management and Markets) - Erasmus University Rotterdam
    • Bob Mantel (Program Manager CMT) - TenneT TSO
    • Ton Elias (Supervisor, commissioner, advisor, chairman of the day, wine importer)
    • Arnold Pouls (Business analyst, Delivery Manager and Consultant in IT issues) - Twycis
    • Aernoud Florijn (Founder/Owner) - Florijn AWS


     


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    Cities & Communities EN Ports & Industries

    Theme:
    Technology & Innovation
    Host:
    Florijn

    Session type:
    Breakout round 4
    Thursday September 9 Technology & Innovation
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  • 14:45
    15:45
    Mobility hubs for the city: Columbus's egg or Pandora's box?

    Many foresee an important role for mobility hubs in the mobility transition in cities. This assumes that supply and demand are well matched. But how do you achieve a well-functioning hub and what are the challenges along the way? In this break-out session, Hilmar van den Dool from Shell and Giuliano Mingardo from Erasmus University Rotterdam interactively discuss the role mobility hubs can play. On the basis of concepts and stimulating propositions, the challenges in the realization and operation, the consequences for the various social groups in the city and a number of important success factors are discussed.

    Speakers: 

    Hilmar van den Dool (General Manager E-mobility & Decarbonisation) - Shell

    Giuliano Mingardo (Senior Researcher Urban and Transport Economics ) - Erasmus University Rotterdam


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    Cities & Communities

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    Host:
    Shell

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    Breakout round 4
    Thursday September 9
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  • 16:00
    16:30
    Wrap up & Hackathon winner

    During the conference, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences organizes a hackathon for students in collaboration with TU Delft and Erasmus University. During the hackathon, 60 students in multidisciplinary teams will work non-stop on an innovative solution for a practical problem presented to them. These challenges are provided by various partners of Recharge Earth and are formulated in collaboration with experts from educational institutions.  On September 9, a professional jury will announce the winning team with the best idea! 


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    Recharge Earth

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    Plenary
    Thursday September 9
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