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Rotterdam’s energy transition helps secure major congress

Rotterdam’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050 helped bag a major meeting.

The World Energy Congress 2025 (WEC2025) will take place at the new Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre and is expected to attract 4,000 delegates to the Dutch city.

The city’s bid, which was made by the Convention Bureau & Tourism Board a Rotterdam Partners, the WEC The Netherlands chapter and several partners, focused on the country’s energy transition as the congress’ central theme will be ‘Sustainable energy for all’.

Rotterdam is implementing significant changes to reflect the global need to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The city highlighted its smart-port and location close to chemical clusters in North-West Europe in the bid.

Rotterdam also had ambitions of becoming a climate-neutral city by 2050, meaning it will offset, absorb or capture the same or more carbon than it emits.

Rotterdam vice mayor for sustainability, clean air and energy transition, Arno Bonte added that the congress will provide global representation of how the Dutch city is transforming from a fossil port city to a sustainable one.

“The World Energy Congress is giving us the opportunity to share our approach with the rest of the world. We would like to show not only the technical side of the energy transition but also the social side.”

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful bid also included options for a hybrid or online congress.

“I am extremely proud that we will have the opportunity to organise the most green and inclusive WEC conference ever,” WEC Netherlands chair Jeroen van Hoof said.

“The Energy Transition in our region will provide an excellent opportunity to inspire the global community and deliver new, post COVID-19, green economic value and work. The support we received from the Dutch government, our partners from the industry, the city and port of Rotterdam are only a first signal of our commitment to our collective opportunity.”

Manager of the Convention Bureau & Tourism Board at Rotterdam Partners, Eveline van der Pluijm added, “The conference is a perfect match for the city in terms of content and it will contribute to the energy transition of our city and port.”

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