The “Economische Verkenning” (EVR) provides insight into important data regarding the economy of Rotterdam. The municipality works with partners, researchers, and scientists to gather the data. According to the EVR (2019), Rotterdam is moving away from a port economy to a service economy, with the IT sector growing by about 8% (2016-2018).
Research by Rotterdam–The Hague Metropolitan Region (2019) has shown that it can positively grow its data exchange infrastructure. Most data centers in the Netherlands are located in the Amsterdam region, making the greater Amsterdam area vulnerable to power outages and space limitations. Many companies set aside their data storage independently in data centers in different regions as a backup.
The study concludes that it would be advisable for the South Holland region to develop a “twin hub.” According to Barbara Kathmann, a PvdA alderman in Rotterdam, there is a need for more data centers in the region:
The more data centers, the higher the energy consumption. Rotterdam, with its focus on sustainability, would seem wary of taking such a challenge on. However, building more data centers offers opportunities for stimulating a circular economy, within which residues are fully reusable.
The municipality of Rotterdam is working on various projects to stimulate sustainability, focusing on CO2 reduction, air quality, green energy, and saving energy. The objective is for Rotterdam to generate more sustainable energy than the city uses by 2030.
The municipality conducts talks with residents and companies to discuss how Rotterdam should deal with the city’s future and become more sustainable with significant energy savings. Smartdc regularly takes part in those talks.
Heat is a beneficial residual product of the Rotterdam industry for creating new energy, which unfortunately is now wasted too often. In a circular economy, residual heat would be reused, and the goal of the municipality of Rotterdam is to supply it to the residents. This way, we prevent extra combustion of gas in the city, improve air quality, and lower CO2 emissions.