Municipality of Rotterdam


Type 3: Multi-stakeholder urban alliance

Sector of the company/organisation

Public Sector

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI)

Relevant urban sustainability topic

climate (mitigation, adaptation,…)
resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)
infrastructure (built environment)
sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

Start year


Brief project summary

Rotterdam is the European continent’s largest port, making it a hotspot for industrial activity that impacts negatively on the environment. For these reasons, a regional initiative has been launched to link sustainable initiatives with the city’s strong economy and make Rotterdam the most sustainable port city in the world.

Short activity description

The four project initiators Port of Rotterdam, City of Rotterdam, employers' organization Deltalinqs, and Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond set a simple, yet far from humble, goal for themselves: to improve the climate for the benefit of people, the environment, and the economy.

RCI created a movement in which government, organizations, companies, research institutes and citizens collaborate to adapt to climate change and strengthen the economy of the city to make it climate-resilient by 2025.

The action is centred around three pillars:

·         Knowledge: producing research in theoretical and applied delta technology

·         Results: realising a safe, healthy, and attractive living environment, and a strong economy for the residential and business communities

·         Exposure: projects innovation, reliability, and decisiveness on a national, European, and international level

Achieved impact

·         More than 825,000 people plus dozens of delegations visited the pavilion 'Rotterdam Water City' at the World Expo Shanghai 2010

·         European Commission points to Rotterdam as PEER city in the area of climate adaptation

·         Since 2010, the Floating Pavilion is located in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven

·         Westblaak garage has since 2010 the largest green facade of Europe (5,000m2)

·         Opening of the Eendragtspolder rowing course (2013). This rowing course is a combined water storage tank, recreational area and (top) sport facility. It can, at a time of emergency, store up to 4 million m3 of water

·         Netherlands Water Centre and Clean Tech Delta are green initiatives in the city ports

Is this project a best practice? Why?

Shared value creation is at the very heart of this initiative: creating a region and city that benefits its citizens, the environment, and the economy.

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