Groningen is taking a leading role in the transition to sustainable energy.
Energy has traditionally been a strong sector in Groningen, and now the transition to sustainable energy sources forms an absolutely central focus in the Groningen region. For the past sixty years, the region has been a major supplier of natural gas. Currently about one third of the electricity consumed in the Netherlands comes from Groningen, and a growing share of this has been generated sustainably. Recent programmes underline the region’s ambition to become Europe’s most sustainable industrial area by 2030. The city of Groningen was recently appointed as a European ‘lighthouse city’ for its leading role in the energy transition.
Energy activities centre around the Eemsdelta, and Campus Groningen at Zernike Science Park.
Energy port at Eemsdelta
The Eemsdelta region forms an important European connection port for sustainable energy sources such as the Gemini offshore wind farm and Norwegian hydroelectric power plants, as well as a location for more wind and sun farms, such as Sunport Delfzijl, the biggest solar energy park in the Netherlands. This solar park supplies the Google data centre at the Eemshaven with energy, making it the first 100% renewably powered centre for Google.
Energy hub at Zernike
The Campus Groningen location at Zernike Science Park is home to the New Energy Coalition, a merger between three organisations with an extensive track record in energy: Energy Valley, Energy Academy Europe and the Energy Delta Institute. Together with living labs such as EnTranCe and EnergySense these organisations represent the collective ambition to make Groningen a sustainable energy leader. The organisations are located in the most sustainable education building in Europe. The Global Centre on Adaptation is also located in this building.
Established parties see a major role for young talent in the transition to a sustainable energy supply. Graduates from one of the many energy programs can get started at the energy companies and startups with energy innovations are also enthusiastically received.