The Port of Moerdijk had the honour of being the first area in the Netherlands to receive a new BREEAM certificate for the Port and Industrial Estate of Moerdijk. BREEAM-NL Area 2018 is a new assessment guideline that assesses the sustainability performance of existing areas. The port and industrial estate, incidentally the largest area ever to be assessed by BREEAM-NL, received the rating VERY GOOD (3 stars).
For the Port of Moerdijk, obtaining this certificate is an important milestone. Sustainability is one of the pillars of the Moerdijk Port Strategy 2030. By 2030, the Port and Industrial Estate of Moerdijk wants to be the main nodal point between sustainable logistics and the process industry. In the Moerdijk Port Strategy 2030, objectives have been formulated for each of the three Ps (People, Planet, Profit) that together ensure its sustainable development. “Receiving the BREEAM certificate confirms that we are on the right track. To be honest, the three-star/very-good rating surpasses our own expectations," says Ferdinand van den Oever, Managing Director of the Port of Moerdijk.
“Together with our stakeholders, we have been striving to make the port and industrial estate more sustainable for quite some time now. For example, we are exploring the possibilities of a residual heating network and a solar park, we provide smart public lighting with LED, and we designate parts of our grounds as temporary nature areas, to give nature a chance to grow stronger and renew. We also manage the port and industrial estate in the most sustainable way possible, For example, we make sure the eNose network functions optimally. This certification is the crown on our work. I am therefore very proud that we are the first to receive this new certificate for an existing area. It helps us to prioritise sustainability even more and to stimulate other companies to take sustainable measures."