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The Hague's New Energy Cluster: Driving Renewable Energy Solutions

For decades, companies in The Hague have focused on generating energy on a global scale. However, as the world moves towards more sustainable practices, these companies are now shifting towards developing renewable energy solutions and tapping into the potential of new technologies that make a positive impact on the environment. 

The municipality of The Hague has set an ambitious goal of becoming a CO² neutral city by 2030, and the first initiatives towards this goal are showing promising results. One of these initiatives is the Dutch Renewable Energy Foundation, which was launched in late 2015 with its headquarters in The Hague. The Netherlands strives to assume a prominent role in enhancing cooperation among North Sea regions and is well-positioned to achieve significant portion, specifically one-third, of Europe’s ocean energy target between 2025 and 2050.   

The city of The Hague had the pleasure of hosting the 10th edition of the Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition led by the platinum sponsor The Dutch Marine Energy Community (DMEC). This event brought developers of ocean technology, decision-makers, participants in the supply chain, and researchers globally together, facilitating the exchange of the most recent developments in the ocean energy sector especially on tidal and wave technology. Oceans are the world largest dependable untapped source of renewable energy which can provide 10% of Europe’s current electrical needs.  

Ocean Energy Europe Amare The Hague
Ocean Energy Europe Amare The Hague

The Hague's new energy cluster is not only a hub for companies working in renewable energy solutions but also an ideal destination for conferences and events related to this topic. The city's commitment to sustainability and its extensive infrastructure makes it the perfect choice for those looking to promote renewable energy and make a positive impact on the environment. 

The Hague is home to several key players in the energy industry, including Royal Dutch Shell, Kuwait Petroleum, and regional centers for Orsted and Total. The infrastructure in The Hague offers opportunities for companies working in oil and gas, as well as for events being held on this topic. Various international energy engineering enterprises such as Worley and McDermott have chosen The Hague for their operations, making it a hub for renewable energy solutions. 

Recognizing The Hague's energy ambitions, the European Geothermal Energy Council held its European Geothermal Congress (EGC) at the World Forum The Hague in 2019. The Netherlands has made geothermal a cornerstone of its energy transition, with thousands of homes in The Hague already receiving district heating from residual heat. The city is also working on four geothermal heating/cooling plants and 15 geothermal wells, which became operational in the city in the early 2020s. They are used to power and heat more than 100,000 homes and offices and are a cleaner option than the gas used. 

The municipality, as well as several key partners such as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry (IRO), Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA), The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), and others play a vital role in linking companies with important local and national partners to drive renewable energy solutions.

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The Hague new energy cluster