Joint step forward for sustainability

The ports of Amsterdam and Duisburg in Germany are long-time partners. Directly connected by both the River Rhine and overland routes, they have played an important role for centuries in trade between Germany and the Netherlands. This historic cooperation is now being expanded even further with a joint step forward in the  greening of logistics. Both the port of Duisburg, duisport, and the Port of Amsterdam are committed to making the transition towards sustainable and renewable energy sources. Their CEOs have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out their commitment to developing green hydrogen carrier technologies and expanding their hinterland networks to encourage sustainable multimodal transport. 


Creating a value chain for green hydrogen

The two ports will work together to establish an international supply chain for hydrogen on a commercial scale. Green hydrogen carriers have the potential to play a significant role in driving the energy transition in both industrial and maritime logistics. The Port of Amsterdam is part of the H2A consortium, which has already brought together partners from the hydrogen industry in Germany, France and Israel. The unique H2A platform will now be connected to duisport, enabling the establishment of an end-to-end value chain for green hydrogen carriers between both ports. 


Stimulating sustainable transport networks

In addition to developing the green hydrogen value chain, the ports will work on further developing their hinterland networks. Amsterdam and Duisburg are well connected by land and rail routes as well as inland shipping corridors. There are daily barges, and a rail shuttle was launched in 2019 directly linking the ports’ short sea and intermodal networks. Both ports are centrally located within the extensive European network and by connecting their networks, duisport and Port of Amsterdam hope to stimulate sustainable multimodal transport connections between the ports and other European destinations.

The cooperation between the ports will contribute to the City of Amsterdam’s goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 95% in 2050. Read more about Amsterdam-based initiatives addressing climate issues and catch up on other business news in the city.