Rotterdam Climate Proof: Rotterdam Challenge on Water and Climate Adaptation
Our climate is changing. In order to limit climate change, national and international climate agreements have been reached with a specific focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, the Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI) was set up in Rotterdam, an initiative of the City of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond, and Deltalinqs. The objective of the RCI is to reduce CO2 emissions in Rotterdam by 50% in 2025, as compared with 1990. The aspiration for the future is to become the first climate neutral port city in the world. To this end, Rotterdam participates in the Clinton C40 Initiative and plays a leading role worldwide in making port cities climate neutral.
All these efforts notwithstanding, the city and the port will at the same time have to arm themselves against the present and future consequences of climate change. The Delta Committee has clearly indicated that climate change may have a dramatic impact on safety in terms of flood protection. Apart from the risk of flooding, climate change can also lead to extended periods of aridity and high temperatures with a significant impact on society as a whole. In view of these risks, RCI is working on a new principal programme to build up the city’s resilience to the impact of climate change: the Rotterdam Climate Proof (RCP) programme. This programme addresses issues such as: How should a port city like Rotterdam deal with climate change? Which opportunities may arise for Rotterdam from a proactive approach to climate change? Which plans and actions are to be expected for implementation?