Belgian-German energy summit at Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Belgian-German energy summit at Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Key role for the port

The Belgian-German energy summit took place today in Zeebrugge. This is part of the collaboration between Belgium and Germany to enhance their energy independence. To this end, the two countries signed an agreement to intensify their collaboration, including through an Energy Contact Group. Port of Antwerp-Bruges' strategy and projects around hydrogen, circularity and CO2 capture, among others, make the port an essential player in both countries' ambitions to become climate neutral.

Accelerating collaboration

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo received German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Zeebrugge today for the Belgian-German energy summit. Minister for Energy Tinne Van der Straeten and Patrick Graichen, German Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, also attended the talks at Port of Antwerp-Bruges' ABC building.

The two countries signed an agreement to accelerate energy collaboration on electrification, LNG, hydrogen and carbon capture to enhance their energy independence. They will do so through, among other things, an Energy Contact Group. This group consists of political and industry stakeholders and will meet annually to monitor a range of energy topics. Collaboration between Belgium and Germany is important for the future of industry in both countries and to make a smooth transition to a climate-neutral economy.

Key role for Port of Antwerp-Bruges

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges lies at the centre of several important industrial clusters and at an energy crossroads in the heart of Europe. Along with the strategic location of the ports, the strong connections with surrounding countries, the presence of major chemical and energy players and the already existing infrastructure, this country therefore has all the assets it needs to become the green energy gateway of Europe.

As a world port, Port of Antwerp-Bruges sees a key role for itself in the import, local production, processing and throughput of green hydrogen and derivatives to the hinterland. Zeebrugge is already one of the main entry points for LNG and natural gas: 15 percent of European gas arrives there. In addition, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively working on the capture and storage of CO₂. For example, the ambition with Antwerp@C, a consortium including Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys and Total, is to capture half of the port's CO₂ emissions by 2030.

Germany a key region

Along with German industry, chemistry and governments, Port of Antwerp-Bruges has been working for some time to expand the capacity and infrastructure between the two countries. For example, the port is already a major supplier of LNG and natural gas for Germany, and concrete plans are ready for transporting hydrogen and hydrogen carriers to Germany via various transport modes such as pipelines, rail and inland navigation. In the other direction, captured CO₂ from German industry can be transported via the port to be stored in empty gas fields in the North Sea.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz  and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ​ and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "15% of the supply of LNG and natural gas to Europe today passes through the port of Zeebrugge, making our port one of the most important access routes for gas to Germany and the European hinterland. In turn, the port of Antwerp is home to numerous leading German chemical companies, which are also closely linked to German industry. Today, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is working out concrete plans to transport sustainable hydrogen and hydrogen carriers to Germany, further establishing ourselves as the green energy & feedstock hub of the future. To make this change happen, even more Belgian-German cooperation is needed in areas such as import, infrastructure, transport and purchase of these green energy flows. That is what is on the agenda today for the meeting between German and Belgian government leaders and key energy players from both countries."
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo: "This first ever Belgian-German Energy Summit is of great importance for strengthening our energy independence, accelerating the transition to renewable energy and ensuring the future of our industry. The Belgian-German consultation is already delivering great results. For instance, we are working on connecting our CO2 and hydrogen networks. We are also doubling gas transit capacity to Germany and starting the study for the construction of a second electricity cable to connect Belgium and Germany."
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About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
 
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management. 

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