Acting on behalf of the North Rhine-Westphalian climate Protection Ministry and the Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry, the EnergyAgency.NRW is joining with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO.nl today (21.11.) to hold the second Netherlands-NRW Energy Conference “Combined Energy”. The event in Neuss focuses on the subjects of “Combined Heat and Power Generation/District Heating/Geothermal Energy”, “Renewable Energy Sources/Distribution Grids” and “Intelligent Electricity Storage Systems/E-Mobility”.
This experts’ conference is intended to intensify the collaboration between companies and scientific institutions and to offer a platform for joint projects and activities of the two countries. The conference was opened by keynote addresses from the NRW Climate Protection Minister Johannes Remmel and the Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp.
Minister Remmel said: “Energy supply is not a national one-way street, but a European concern. As the number 1 industrial and energy state North Rhine-Westphalia bears a special responsibility both for reaching the German, European and international climate targets and for ensuring the success of the German energy turnaround (Energiewende). This second cross-border energy conference will give a further boost to the collaboration between German and Dutch companies and scientific institutions, while at the same time serving as a contact platform for future joint projects conducted by the two countries. For example, in connection in the matter of electromobility there has already been a close collaboration between the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia for several years.”
For the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia the cooperation with the Netherlands is a central element of international collaboration. Over the past few decades North Rhine-Westphalia and the Benelux countries have come together to form a large, cross-border European region with more than 45 million inhabitants. This means that the Netherlands have for years been North Rhine-Westphalia’s most important trading partner by far.
Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp from The Hague also expressed his pleasure at the workimg topics of the conference: "One steadily growing challenge is the integration of a further rise in renewables in the energy system, for the economy and society. Since the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia are already largely networked in all fields we are faced with a common, cross-frontier challenge. Science and companies are important engines of a common energy turnaround, which is actually also being carried by the economy and society. It therefore give me great pleasure to see that, in the context of the conference, the collaboration is making further progress in a very concrete sense in the electromobility domain with the signature of the Letter of Intent between “E-Violin” and “E-Clearing.net”
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency assists companies in the areas of sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. It provides support in the form of grants, the search for business partners, expertise and ensuring compliance with regulations and laws.
The EnergyAgency.NRW has been working since 1990 on behalf of the North Rhine-Westphalian government as an operative platform with wide-ranging competence in the field of energy: from energy research, technical development, demonstration, market launch and energy consulting through to further professional training.
Uwe H. Burghardt
Kommunikation, Pressesprecher Innovationen und Netzwerke
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Nationaler & internationaler Klimaschutz, Netzwerk Außenwirtschaft
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