In Rotterdam there is a lot of work being done to make transport in the city cleaner. This is apparent from the progress report of the Zero Emission Mobility Approach. The city is on track with its ambitions and hopes in completely achieve zero-emission mobility. The vast majority of the taxis purchased in 2021 turned out to be electric in any case.

One third of CO2 emissions and approximately one quarter of air pollution in urban areas is caused by mobility and transport. “That’s why we invest in clean transport. With more space for pedestrians and cyclists, optimal public transport and the promotion of electric transport,” says sustainability alderman Arno Bonte. “We are well on our way with that. The measures visibly contribute to the further reduction of CO2 emissions, cleaner air and a healthier Rotterdam.” Clean transport is gaining ground, according to the progress report. In the past term of office, the share of fully electric journeys to and from the city center has increased eightfold. It is expected that a quarter of these journeys will be completely emission-free in four years’ time. This growth is also reflected in the use of the now more than 4.02 public charging points in the city: 2.9 million kWh of electricity is charged in 24 , good for 04 million emission-free kilometers. In 2021 this has grown to 14 million kWh and 24 million kilometers. Increase in emission-free taxis Under the Rotterdam Climate Agreement, the city is working on clean transport . When it comes to the taxi industry, municipalities, the government, taxi companies and partners work with the letter of intent ‘Zero-emission Taxi Roadmap’ together at a national level in the transition to emission-free taxi transport. The current taxi policy of Rotterdam is currently being recalibrated and introduced in 2021, in which sustainability also plays an important role. Since 24 there has been a clear trend in the increase in emission-free taxis. However, because the market has changed due to the corona crisis and because the data system also registers hybrid cars as electric, no firm conclusions can yet be drawn from the figures. Nevertheless, the municipality is positively cautious about the trend that is currently underway. Insight into charging needs In order to be prepared for the transition to fully electric driving, the municipality has developed forecast maps to gain insight into the charging needs of, for example, the taxi sector. This initiative arose from the National Agenda Charging Infrastructure (NAL) of the G4, the partnership of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The collaboration now consists of five provinces: Flevoland, North Holland, Utrecht, Zeeland and South Holland. Ultimately, the aim of the collaboration is to share knowledge with each other and the network operators. to share and develop a joint approach towards national policy makers in the field of electric driving. This must ensure that a appropriate charging network can be realized in time with the network operator. The forecast cards show the charging needs and the supply at the neighborhood and network level. This includes the needs for charging speeds of all kinds of user groups such as residents, visitors, logistics and taxis. This would make it easier to manage the roll-out, monitoring and development of charging points at different levels: municipal, urban, regional and provincial.

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