Speakers and sessions

Below you'll find more detailed information about the sessions (plenary sessions and workshops) and the speakers. 

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Opening by chair Deirdre Casella - Thursday April 12

When groups of people come together to address complex social, technical and environmental challenges, my role as facilitator is to foster and enlarge the shared space in which individuals’ ideas and expertise can be expressed, explored and connected for greatest potential impact.

With nearly 25 years of professional facilitation experience, I have spent the past 18 years in the international water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH) sector working with policy makers, practitioners and end-users to develop approaches and solutions that are inclusive and sustainable. In my work as trainer, facilitator and programme manager I collaborated with colleagues from UN agencies, regional and national development institutions, international philanthropic agencies, civil society organisations and local and national governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

I currently work as International Liaison Officer of an international social science research infrastructure hosted the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and am completing my doctoral research dissertation on the role of social learning processes in rural water services delivery at Delft University of Technology.

Opening by chair Deirdre Casella

10:00 a.m.

Plenary session


Welcome to Nijmegen - Thursday April 12

‘A future-proof inland waterway sector is a sustainable and clean sector and ports can play a significant role in achieving this.’ On the 12th of April 2018 mayor Bruls will open the international two-day congress `Ports and the City; Smart and Healthy’ in his own city, the 2018 European Green Capital. Read the full interview here.

Hubert Bruls (Mayor of Nijmegen)

Welcome to Nijmegen

10.05 a.m.

Plenary session


Green Capital Nijmegen and the 'Room for the Waal River' Project - Thursday April 12

The oldest city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen, is currently experiencing an amazing transformation as a result of climate adaptation. Higher peaks in water discharges in the Waal River, which runs straight through the city, mean that the old strategy of raising the level of dikes and flood walls no longer works. The new Dutch strategy against water has been termed ‘Room for the river’. The Waal River makes a sharp turn when it reaches Nijmegen and then passes through a bottleneck. Nijmegen’s intervention will move the dike 350 metres away, and a secondary channel will be constructed. This will also create a new ‘island’ in the centre of the city. In addition to these major interventions, ‘Room for the river’ is also going to provide Nijmegen with excellent opportunities for a range of developments, such as attractive designs of new bridges, the development of nature and recreation, urban development in residential areas, marine quays and inland ports. The result is an impressive new identity for the city of Nijmegen on the Waal and consequently a source of inspiration for other cities in transition.


Paul Goedknegt (Delft University of Technology, urban planning and design)

Green Capital Nijmegen and the 'Room for the Waal River' Project

10.20 a.m.

Plenary session


Climate change mitigation in a port city – Potential and orientation - Thursday April 12

The recommended activities focus on using thin-film photovoltaic technology on harbour storage buildings, a traffic control and information system that has the potential to streamline the traffic flow to the harbour as well as outgoing traffic, and an analysis of the potential of freight depots with a rail connection that up to now have mainly been used for the industry-related delivery of goods to retail trade and individual households. In the context of promoting a circular economy, another activity is a research project on urban metabolism. The climate mitigation concept also advocates taking into consideration the diverse benefits that ecosystem services can provide. Gaining expertise on potential ecosystem services in unsealed harbour areas could shed light on how diverse harbour activities might benefit from the capacity of the soil and plants to filter, regulate climate and drain water.

Astrid Jochum (City of Duisburg)

Zero emission transport - Thursday April 12

In this workshop the largest inland container terminal operator of the BENELUX will present and discuss the road to zero emmision container transport.

BCTN is the largest inland terminal operator of the Benelux handling 700.000 TEU per year for more than 600 customers. Spread across 8 locations in the Netherlands and Belgium: Alblasserdam, Beringen, Den Bosch, Geel, Meerhout, Nijmegen, Roermond and Venray. Our main objective is to deliver and pick up containers at the deepsea ports in Antwerp, Rotterdam and the UK in an environmental friendly manner.

With electric barges under construction and electric trucks being developed at a rapid pace BCTN wants to be the first inland container terminal operator to transport containers for its customers without emmission.

Bert de Groot (BCTN)
Remco Hoogma (City of Nijmegen)

Ghent Canal Zone Project - Thursday April 12

The Ghent Canal Zone Project received the International Association of Spatial Planners’ ISOCARP for Excellence Award at the association’s annual conference in Rotterdam in 2015. The project received this award because it reconciles growth of the port and livability in the surrounding villages and residential areas.

The workshop will focus on how a growing port can be combined with greater livability. Both the future vision for the area in 2030 and mobility, public health, livability-improving actions will be discussed.

The Ghent Canal Zone Project’s recipe for success is dialogue. The project has created an intense dialogue between all authorities in the area, between the authorities and the people who live near the port, and between the people who live near the port and the companies who operate there. This workshop will focus on the actions that can help to create this dialogue.

The Ghent Canal Zone Project is a collaboration between local authorities (3 municipalities and the province of East Flanders), the regional Flemish government and the Ghent port authority. The port authority has recently merged with the ports of Zeeland in The Netherlands to become the North Sea Port.

Veerle De Bock (Head of operations Ghent Canal Zone and East Flanders Environmental Planning department)

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in inland shipping: presenting the Hydrogen Roadmap - Thursday April 12

This workshop will focus on near-term technological options for inland shipping, for example inland shipping case studies related to new-build and retrofi tting. We would like to reflect on and discuss solution pathways and boundary conditions with respect to operations.

Jaco Reijerkerk (TU Delft)
Klaas Visser (TU Delft)


A future-proof logistics and distribution network - Thursday April 12

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) is pursuing a sustainable inland shipping sector. During the Ports and the City congress on the 12th op April she will be giving a keynote speech. The city of Nijmegen, as European Green Capital of 2018, will serve as the ideal host town, creating opportunities for innovative, green businesses and for cross-border collaboration.

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management)

A future-proof logistics and distribution network

13.30 p.m.

Plenary session

Design based research on the potential for inland ports - Thursday April 12

Many Dutch cities have an inland harbor structure which used to be the gateway into and out of the city for goods and raw materials. Mobility has drastically diversified since then and the inland ports need to anticipate. Instead of following the path of a transformation of these areas into new housing development sites and saying goodbye to its industrial origins, we choose to look for a potential of transforming these sites into contemporary city-ports. We have investigated strategies and innovations that can reposition the inland ports as vital urban transport hubs that seek connections to intermodal diversification, to local industries, to renewable energy production and new employment opportunities. The city harbor of Arnhem is an succefull study case, which will illustrate the future potential of Dutch inland ports.

Florian Boer (De Urbanisten)

Presenting a new breakthrough technology for storing hydrogen as powder - Thursday April 12

2Fuel Holding Ltd has developed a spectacular new technology named H2Fuel. It finely makes hydrogen a liable substitute for fossil fuels and allows the storage of electrical energy on an industrial scale. The benefits concerning safety and efficiency are enormous. The powder substance is easy to transport, doesn’t need any pressure and is energy-efficient to produce. H2Fuel uses sodium borohydride as a carrier for hydrogen (NaBH4) together with ultrapure water (UPW / H2O). An activator triggers a reaction in these substances. During this reaction not only the hydrogen from the sodium borohydride is released (4H) but also the same quantity (4H) from the water, as well as heat. The efficiency is 98% of what is theoretically achievable. The residues (NaBO2) can be reused for conversion into sodium borohydride after a recycling process.”


Klaas Visser (TU Delft)
Jan-Willem Kelder (Chair Advisory Board H2Fuel Holding)

How to proceed with shorepower? - Thursday April 12

One of the research topics of the European Clean Inland Shipping project is shorepower for barges. The aim is to propose measures to promote the use of shorepower in the participating countries and regions (the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia). This workshop will present interim results and follow-up measures.

  1. Research results from the CLINSH shorepower work package | Erik Lubberding, City of Nijmegen
  2. TEN-T shorepower in Flanders project | Mohssine El Kahloun, Flanders Department of Mobility & Public Works
  3. Innovative shorepower facilities in Arnhem | Jan Fransen, Walvoorziening Nederland BV
Erik Lubberding | City of Nijmegen
Jan Fransen | Walvoorziening Nederland BV
Mohssine El Kahloun | Flanders Department of Mobility & Public Works
Moderator: Remco Hoogma | City of Nijmegen
Workshop by Clinsh

Sustainable ports by building a smart structure for port tariffs - Thursday April 12

Workshop by the Dutch Federation of Inland Ports (NVB)

Developments such as the scaling up of (inland) shipping and new logistics concepts require that we adjust and optimize the way we use port infrastructure. Does today’s structure of port tariffs dovetail with these developments? During the workshop entitled ‘Sustainable ports by building a smart structure for port tariffs’, we will explore, together with experts of Port Solutions Rotterdam, current structures and investigate what is needed to modernize them. The Dutch Federation of Inland Ports (NVB) will take the next step based on the results of the workshops. We will do this together with ports, their users and scientific institutes.

Marieke Vavier and Bart Verkade (Port Solutions Rotterdam)
Workshop by the Dutch Federation of Inland Ports (NVB)

How open data can help you plan a better and clean journey - Friday April 13

In the future, by having an immediate overview of current and planned bridge openings, skippers – simply by adjusting their speed - no longer have to lay idle for no reason. And there is no need to look for a berth or to relocate later, as there is real-time information available of berths in the port. Also bridge openings can be aligned with each other to minimize road traffic disruption – thus saving time, fuel, money and causing less air pollution.

Lilian Froitzheim-Leijs (Provincie of Zuid-Holland) and Martijn van Hengstum (Rijkswaterstaat) will present these and more waterway innovations during the workshop ‘How open data can help you plan a better and cleaner journey’.

In the workshop we talk about the accessible techniques we and the partners of ‘The Blue Wave connects’ use to reach our goals. We want to build a Nationwide system and perhaps work together with neighboring countries.
Typically in the Netherlands there are many waterway administrators. In order to accomplish a smooth and safe passage on the waterways, we need to share and combine the data we have. The ‘The Blue Wave connects’ is in the process of doing just that, creating a single coherent flow of data.

Also, we are very curious as to which data you need in order to:

  •  get the ports and the city more aligned with each other
  •  to distribute the goods as efficiently and clean as possible


Lilian Froitzheim-Leijs (Programme manager of inland waterway transport, Province of Zuid-Holland)
Martijn van Hengstum (Project manager at Rijkswaterstaat in the field of shipping traffic management)

Financing and roadmap for roll-out of clean inland ship technologies - Friday April 13

PROMINENT, an EU project funded from the Horizon 2020 programme (2015-2018), addressed the key needs for technological development, as well as the barriers to innovation and greening in the European inland navigation sector. Through R&D and real-life pilots on LNG, SCR&DPF, monitoring and energy efficient navigation, PROMINENT did focus on developing solutions for:

  • Retrofitting vessels with greening technologies
  • Massive transition towards efficient and clean vessels
  • Certification and monitoring of emission performance

A major issue for the Roll-Out is the need for financing solutions for massive introduction and deployment of innovations. Business cases were reviewed and financing approaches are being developed. It became very obvious that without further intervention, there will not be a significant greening the fleet development. There is a clear need for a 'stick and carrot' approach on EU level in order to safeguard the environmental performance of inland waterway transport. This includes a greening fund as well as a stronger regulatory framework for existing engines.

More information.

Martin Quispel (STC-NESTRA)

Port-Liner: Dutch shipowner builds first full electric inland ship - Friday April 13

Port-Liner is a start-up company that will introduce the concept of "zero emission" ships in the Inland Waterways Transport sector. In the course of this year 2018, Port-Liner will bring into operation the first fully electric ships. It will be 110m container barges, for services between the main ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp, and inland terminals. 

In the workshop we will address the various elements around this concept, including the technology involved, the economics and the associated infrastructural requirements such as recharging points. The workshop will, inevitably, touch upon the specific dynamics of the inland shipping sector at large and how that impacts the broader uptake of this concept.

The workshop will offer a good platform for an in-depth discussion on how "zero emission" in inland waterways could be introduced at larger scale and higher pace. Topics for discussion will include the role of public and private stakeholders, at local, regional and national levels, the role of the EU and the Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, regulations versus incentives, etcetera.

Status Port-Liner initiative
Port-Liner is in its startup phase, preparing to build and bring into operation a number of ‘zero emission’ inland shipping barges, mainly for container transport services between Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp and inland terminals in the Benelux and Germany. It will be a mixture of ship sizes, i.e. 110 metre container ships and 52-76 metre ‘Kempenaar’-sized barges. The first ships will be launched in the second half of 2018. EU CEF funding has been made available for six fully electric 110 metre ships. The Port of Antwerp will contribute to the development of barge services between the Kempen region and Antwerp; the five Kempenaars involved will be ‘zero emission’ ships as well.

Ton van Meegen (Owner/entrepreneur Port-Liner)
Moderator: Henk van Laar (Inland Waterways Expert)

Clean Mobile Energy: an Interreg North-West Europe project - Friday April 13

The energy transition programme titled New Energy Made in Arnhem aims to realise solar farms and wind energy. The challenge is to get a return on investment, because the energy that is produced does not always generate a great deal of money. Especially when demand on the grid is low. That is why it makes more sense to immediately use the sustainable energy that has been produced locally. But you need to be able to store it, and the technology for that has not been developed yet. The Interreg NWE project CleanMobilEnergy (CME) is going to investigate whether it is possible to link the production of sustainable energy, by means of storage and an energy management system, to electric mobility. Using local energy means no longer having to rely on market prices (via the grid) and it guarantees that your city’s electric mobility is 100% sustainable. Cars, vessels and busses pay more for this energy than you can get at certain times from the grid.

Solar and wind energy is generated when demand on the grid is low. By keeping the energy, you make production more efficient and improve the business case. CME will show, in various projects in different cities, that this correlation is applicable in more European cities and that an increase in electric driving can give the growth of sustainable energy production a boost.

The city of Arnhem is playing the leading role in this project and is requesting an EU grant on behalf of its partners:

  • London (UK) - Transport for London (TfL)
  • Schwäbisch Gmünd (D) - European Institute for Innovation (EIFI)
  • Nottingham (UK) - City of Nottingham
  • Ile de France (F) - IAU Ile de France
  • Luxembourg - Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST)
  • POLIS - Network of cities in the area of technology and transport
  • CENEX - Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies (UK)

The project runs from September 2017 to March 2021. The overall budget for the project is €7.2 million, €1.14 million of which is earmarked for Arnhem.

Peter Swart (City of Arnhem)

Urban Agenda for the EU: Air Quality Partnership - Friday April 13

The Air Quality Partnership is part of the Urban Agenda for the EU. This multilevel partnership will share existing and new practices for the transition towards low and zero emission solutions in cities, as well as formulate proposals as input for future EU legislation, (financial) instruments and research to improve air quality.

Position paper
This workshop will serve as a platform for you to share your innovative ideas to lower emissions throughout the sector of inland shipping. The Partnership will present its position paper on opportunities in legislation to create a path towards WHO-guideline values for healthy air. Participants will feed the discussion with ideas on how inland shipping can contribute to healthier air. Key to this discussion is identifying obstacles and enabling factors in European, national and local legislation.

René Korenromp (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)

Astrid Jochum - Speaker

Astrid Jochum is a lawyer who for most of her professional life has worked for the city of Duisburg. Her work has focused on climate change mitigation for the past four and a half years.

Climate change mitigation in a port city – Potential and orientation

Bart Verkade (Port Solutions Rotterdam) - Speaker

Bart Verkade is expert at Port Solutions Rotterdam (PSR) and an inland waterway shipping entrepreneur. After studying business administration at Nijenrode University he gained broad (management) experience in private and public organizations. Currently he combines his activities as inland waterway entrepreneur with advising corporations, port authorities and government.

Session: Sustainable ports by building a smart structure for port tariffs

See also Bart's LinkedIn.

Bert de Groot (BCTN) - Speaker

Bert de Groot is Deputy Director BCTN and involved in the development of zero emmission transport for the BCTN group. Increasing operational efficiencies on 8 inland container terminals and responsible for Container Terminal Nijmegen. Previously designed and improved container terminals all accross the globe.

Session: Zero emission transport

See also Bert's LinkedIn.

Dorian Frieden (JOANNEUM RESEARCH) - Speaker

Dorian Frieden currently works atLIFE – Centre for Climate, Energy and Society, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH Austria. He does research on climate and environmental policy, emission balances of bioenergy and land use systems and works on business models for renewable energies. Dorian’s core topics include the EU’s, international, and voluntary emissions trade as well as accounting systems.  Previously, he led a project on the voluntary carbon market including the potential for carbon credit trading through projects in Austrian sectors, which are not covered by the EU emissions trading scheme (VCM-AT).

Dorian is a speaker at the side-event National Carbon Markets.

Florian Boer (De Urbanisten) - Speaker

Florian is founder of DE URBANISTEN and is environmental designer. DE URBANISTEN are an innovative office for urban research, design and landscape based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Session: Design-based research on the potential for inland ports (De Urbanisten)

See also Florian's LinkedIn.

Jaco Reijerkerk (TU Delft) - Speaker

Jaco Reijerkerk works part of his time at TU Delft as Programme Manager Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. He is Board member of the Dutch National Hydrogen Platform, responsible for Technology, Safety and Power-to-Gas, member of the NEN standards commission hydrogen and fuel cells, member of the NEN PGS-35 expert group, commercial Director of technical consultancy and Engineering services company Ekinetix. As an automotive engineer he started his career in automotive industry, working on electric hydrogen drive train systems.

Session: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in inland shipping: presenting the Hydrogen Roadmap

See also Jaco's LinkedIn.

Jan-Willem Kelder (H2Fuel Holding) - Speaker

Jan Willem Kelder (1949, Semarang/Java) has been a member of the TNO Board of Management and chairman of the TNO Council for Defence Research since January 2009. On 1 February 2014 he was appointed chairman (CEO) a.i. for one year of the TNO Board of Management. The new TNO strategy for the period 2015-2018 is being implemented under his stewardship. In this strategy the TNO focus lies on getting innovations faster to market, partnership with relevant parties and internationalisation.

Before joining TNO, Jan Willem Kelder had held various positions in the Royal Netherlands Navy. Following his appointment as an officer (1973) and a succession of positions in operations, he rose to vice-admiral as commander in chief of the Royal Netherlands Navy, before finishing his naval career in September 2007.

Session: Presenting a new breakthrough technology for storing hydrogen as powder

Jos Cozijnsen (Consulting attorney) - Speaker

Jos Cozijnsen is a self-employed consulting attorney in emissions trading and has extensive international environmental law experience, is deeply knowledgeable about carbon market mechanisms, international attitudes towards such mechanisms and about current developments in this field. From 1993 to 1997 he worked for the Netherlands’ Environment Ministry as a member of the Dutch delegation to the UNFCCC meetings. Core activities: capacity building, legal and strategic consultancy. With Wytze he took the initiative to promote the Green Deal for National Carbon Markets pilot in the Netherlands.

Session: Side Event 'National Carbon Markets to accelerate deployment of clean energy and climate technologies'

See also Jos' LinkedIn.

Klaas Visser (TU Delft) - Speaker

Klaas Visser is Assistant Professor Marine Engineering at the Faculty Maritime Technology, Delft University of Technology since 2013. His research topics include Hybrid Ship Configurations, Emission Reduction of Ships, Maritime System Integration and Autonomous Ships. Before 2013, Klaas Visser had an active career at the Royal Netherlands Navy. His last two posts were Director of the Naval Maintenance Establishment in den Helder en Director of Weapon Systems of the Dutch Armed forces in the rank of Rear-admiral. He graduated in 1989 at the Delft University of Technology on the subject of Maritime Diesel Engines.

Main research topics include the maritime energy transition, with a focus on the research of applicable sustainable zero emission energy resources for ship propulsion functions. The effects of new maritime fuels, like hydrogen, and innovative ship system configurations, including fuel cells and energy storage, on holistic ship design and ship performance are being investigated. This includes the potential for extremely high efficiency systems, autonomous systems, maintenance free systems and silent emissions.

Klaas Visser is associate editor of the International Shipbuilding Progress journal and initiator and principal investigator of several multi-disciplinary NOW/TTW research projects in the field of hybrid systems, novel energy stems and novel ship asset management approaches. He is Technical Committee member of several symposia, including the INEC-symposium of IMarEST.

Session: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in inland shipping: presenting the Hydrogen Roadmap

Lilian Froitzheim-Leijs -

Programme manager of inland waterway transport for the Provincie Zuid-Holland. The programme aims to accelerate the transition to clean inland shipping, smart logistics and a more accessible physical network. Lilian likes to link up different parties and solve their problems and to identify joint aspirations in order to subsequently translate them into practice by joining forces with these other parties. 

Session: How open data can help you plan a better and clean journey

Marieke Vavier (Port Solutions Rotterdam) - Speaker

Marieke Vavier is director at Port Solutions Rotterdam (PSR). In that capacity, she helps companies, port authorities, provinces and municipalities find solutions in the areas of logistics and ports. Her customers are in the Netherlands and abroad. After studying business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, she worked, among others, for the Port of Rotterdam and the Netherlands Maritime University.

Session: Sustainable ports by building a smart structure for port tariffs

See also Marieke's LinkedIn.

Martin Quispel (STC-NESTRA) - Speaker

Martin Quispel studied at the Technical University Delft, Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis and specialised into transport and logistics. He graduated in 1999. Martin has been involved in many studies and consultancy projects in the field of sustainable transport from a multimodal viewpoint. Often working as a supervisor, project director, manager, coordinator or expert in consortia, Martin successfully carried out contracts for clients such as the European Commission DG MOVE, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water, regional governments, the CCNR, networking organisations and private sector clients such as banks and logistic operators. He worked at NEA/Panteia between 2000 and 2014. Since 2014 he is one of the partners at STC-NESTRA BV. Most projects address the socio-economic assessment of investments in infrastructure, logistic systems or vehicle/vessel technologies. His fields of competence include amongst others:

  • Impact Assessment studies and policy and project evaluation
  • Policy and regulation of the national and European inland waterway transport sector and TEN-T
  • Market observation and statistics in transport
  • Cost and performance modelling of multimodal transport chains, ports and terminals planning and design of intermodal logistic systems
  • Shortsea shipping, motorways of the sea and seaports
  • External costs of transport and greening-the-fleet opportunities
  • Urban freight transport / city logistics / innovations

Session: Financing and roadmap for roll-out of clean inland ship technologies

Martijn van Hengstum -

Project manager at Rijkswaterstaat in the field of shipping traffic management. He works on the programme of Electronic Navigation Charts and on the national programme Blue Wave connections.

Session: How open data can help you plan a better and clean journey

Mohssine El Kahloun (Flanders Department of Mobility & Public Works) - Speaker

Mohssine El Kahloun is policy officer in the Policy Division of the Flanders Department of Mobility & Public Works. He began his career as an eco-hydrologist in 2012 as secretary of a working group to limit the flood risk of the navigable and unnavigable waterways, but his tasks began to diversify over the years, and now he is responsible for a number of themes related to the environment in inland shipping, including shorepower, waste collection, drinking water facilities, and the transport of hazardous goods. He is chairman of the Flemish Inland Navigation Services Platform (VBSP). This platform coordinates, among other things, all activities related to the use, implementation and expansion of shorepower for inland shipping in Flanders. As coordinator of shorepower for Flanders, he took on the coordination of a TEN-T project called ‘Shorepower in Flanders’. This is a European project that promotes the use of shorepower in inland shipping. Since September 2016 he has also participated in the European CLINSH (Clean Inland Shipping) project. This project aims to reduce air emissions in inland shipping.

Session: How to proceed with shorepower?

See also Mohssine's LinkedIn.

Nicolaas Beets (Dutch Special Urban Envoy) - Speaker

Mr Nicolaas Beets (b. 1953) has a Masters Degree in Business Administration at the University of Delft (1979). He is a career diplomat in the Dutch Foreign Service. He started his career as a junior diplomat at Dutch embassies in Sudan, Indonesia and Suriname. From 1995 - 2000 Mr Beets worked as at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of the Taskforce EU Enlargement (1995-2000). After 2000 he has been appointed as the Dutch Ambassador to the EU Member States: Finland (2008-2012) and Latvia (2000-2004).

Furthermore he has been Ambassador in Kuwait (2012-2015) and Saudi-Arabia (2004-2008). From October 2015, the Dutch Minister of the Interior has appointed Mr Beets as Dutch Urban Envoy. One of his tasks has been to establish the Urban Agenda for the EU as was agreed in the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ during the Ministerial Meeting of Ministers for Urban Affairs during the Dutch Presidency on May 30th, 2016. He is currently engaged in promoting the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ and the Thematic Partnerships which were agreed upon.

Session: The Urban Agenda for the EU: A Smart, Green and Inclusive Multilevel Experiment

Paul Goedknegt (City urbanist for Nijmegen) - Speaker

Paul Goedknegt is city urbanist for the city of Nijmegen. His specialities are complex urban strategic projects. Mostly to fix physical barriers (the river bank, railway infrastructure, former industrial estates) and to connect these isolated parts to the city structure. Sustainability and participation are a key element of each project. This guarantees quality and puts support plans in place, and makes it possible to harmonise social, economic and spatial aspects and departments in order to implement a comprehensive overall plan. Inhabitants and other stakeholders are always given the opportunity to participate in the planning process to ensure that a support plan is in place.

Session: Green Capital Nijmegen and the ‘Room for the Waal River’ Project

See also Pauls LinkedIn.

Peter Swart (City of Arnhem) - Speaker

Peter Swart is policy advisor on environmental issues. He works on clean mobility in the New Energy Made in Arnhem programme and is responsible for charging infrastructure, air quality and noise reduction. Hydrogen is another of his areas of interest, and he is project manager for CleanMobilEnergy (Interreg NWE).

Session: Clean Mobile Energy: an Interreg North-West Europe project

See also Peter's LinkedIn.

Remco Hoogma (City of Nijmegen) - Speaker

Remco Hoogma is a consultant in sustainable mobility and energy. He graduated in chemistry from Radboud University Nijmegen in 1992 and wrote his PhD thesis on international electric vehicle innovations in 2000 at the University of Twente. After 10 years at the Netherlands Agency for Energy and the Environment he started his own consultancy firm in 2009. In addition to working on assignments for the city of Nijmegen and others, Remco is project leader for Nijmegen’s participation in the EU LIFE Clean Inland Shipping project.

Session: How to proceed with shorepower?

See also Remco's LinkedIn.

René Korenromp (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) - Speaker

René holds a MSc in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. He is a dedicated professional. With a working experience in science, consultancy and as a civil servant of over 25 years. Energy, humor and creativity are his trademarks. But above all: he likes to get the job done. Currently his main professional occupations are:

Program Manager Smart and Healthy Cities
This program focuses on knowledge exchange and new approaches in the area of improving air quality in cities. Program website: www.slimmeengezondestad.nl.

Co-ordinator Partnership Air Quality (EU Urban Agenda)
This partnership was created in order to identify gaps and overlaps in air quality policies on European, national and local levels. The main activities are on identifying best practices and formulating policy recommendations.

Project manager development National Air Quality Plan
Co-operation between the national government, provinces, municipalities and other stakeholders focused on a series of measures on different governmental levels aims at continuous improvement of the air quality.

Urban Agenda for the EU: Air Quality Partnership
Discussion: EU cities working on Airquality in a Actionplan


Rik Janssen (Province of Zuid-Holland, chairman of CLINSH) - Speaker

Rik Janssen is a member of the Provincial Executive, which handles the daily administration of the province. As a council member, Rik Janssen is 4th acting commissioner of the King. R.A. (Rik) Janssen (Socialist Party SP).

Session: Seamless corridors by smart shipping

Veerle De Bock (Ghent Canal Zone) - Speaker

Veerle De Bock has been heading the operations of the Ghent Canal Zone Project since 2009. She supports the governor of East Flanders who chairs the board of the Ghent Canal Zone Project. The Ghent Canal Zone Project started in 1993. Before the project started, economic development policy, mobility, spatial planning and environmental protection were not aligned. A strategic plan and an action plan with more than 80 actions set out a clear direction for the further development of the area.

In November 2017, Veerle De Bock was promoted to lead the East Flanders Environmental Planning department, which oversees the Ghent Canal Zone Project. She has been heading the operations of the Ghent Canal Zone Project since 2009 and supports the governor of East Flanders who chairs the board of the Ghent Canal Zone Project.

In November 2017, Veerle De Bock was promoted to lead the East Flanders Environmental Planning department, which oversees the Ghent Canal Zone Project. She has been heading the operations of the Ghent Canal Zone Project since 2009 and supports the governor of East Flanders who chairs the board of the Ghent Canal Zone Project.

Session: Ghent Canal Zone Project: 25 years of growth of the Port of Ghent, 25 years of improving environmental quality

See also Veerle's LinkedIn.

Side event: National Carbon Markets - Friday April 13

The targets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement imply that all sectors of the economy need to work hard towards a zero-emissions future. Policymaking is an important driver for that, but it cannot accomplish this on its own. In the Netherlands, a group of market players from different sectors have formed a public-private partnership (a Green Deal) to use domestic carbon markets to accelerate the uptake of new low-emission solutions. This is helping to secure additional investment for new CO2 reductions and is offering credits to companies that lower their carbon footprint.

These markets are creating extra economic value for projects that reduce emissions. On the one hand, vessel owners who invest in biofuel engines can receive supplementary income by selling emission reduction certificates. On the other hand, vessel owners, travel agencies and transporters, for example, can purchase credits to make their transport activities climate neutral!

This workshop will host an international group of speakers who will share their experiences with carbon markets and suggest potential project opportunities in different economic sectors.


  • 13.00-13.15   Opening by Jos Cozijnsen and Wytze van der Gaast (Green Deal support team)
  • 13.15-13.45   The Dutch Green Deal for National Carbon Markets (Jan van den Berg, Carbon Matters)
  • 13.45-14.15   Carbon markets in the EU policy context (Jos Cozijnsen)
  • 14.15-14.45   Carbon Market development in Austria – overview of identified sector opportunities (Dorian Frieden | Joanneum) 
  • 14.45-15.00   Carbon market opportunities in transport and cities in France (Fanny Guezennec | Eco-Act) 
  • 15.00-15.30   Break
  • 15.30-15.45   The Swiss domestic credit system  (Jeff Swartz | South Pole)
  • 15.45-16.45   Panel: Opportunities for carbon market support in cities, transportation
  • 16.45-17.30   Concluding session (Wytze van der Gaast)


Wytze van der Gaast (PhD is senior researcher and policy adviser)
Dorian Frieden (RESOURCES)
Jos Cozijnsen (Self-employed consulting attorney)

Wytze van der Gaast (PhD, researcher and policy adviser) - Speaker

Wytze van der Gaast (PhD) is senior researcher and policy adviser. Between 1995 and 2002, he advised the Netherlands government on issues related to the Kyoto Mechanism. He has been a regular consultant to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on technology transfer projects. Since 2002, he has been involved as researcher and policy adviser in 16 EU-funded projects. Presently, he is member of a support team to the Green Deal for National Carbon Markets pilot scheme in the Netherlands. 

Session: Side-event National Carbon Markets

See also Wytze's LinkedIn.

Fanny Guezennec -

Fanny Guezennec is Research and Development Manager at EcoAct, a global climate solutions provider. Fanny coordinates innovation activities and the development of new service lines to help businesses and local governments to define and implement their climate and SDG strategies. She focuses mainly her activities on using result-based financing tools to facilitate the development and scale-up of low-carbon and sustainable solutions. She currently follows the ongoing development of the domestic offsetting scheme in France and elsewhere to ensure usability for project developers and to facilitate the matchmaking with available funding streams. Previously, she contributed to the development of co-benefits assessment approaches on the voluntary carbon market, using the SDG framework.

Fanny is a speaker at the side-event National Carbon Markets.

Fanny Guezennec


Ton van Meegen | Owner of Port-Liner - Speaker

Ton van Meegen is an entrepreneur and owner of Port-Liner, a start-up company that introduces the concept op 'zero-emission' ships in the Inalnd Waterways Transport sector.

Session: Port-Liner: Dutch shipowner builds first full electric inland ship

See also Ton's LinkedIn.