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Published on: 28 January 2021 | Changed on: 10 February 2021

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Fugro are committed to making seabed research in the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone more sustainable. Research vessel Despina will blend biofuels with existing fuel to save around 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Offshore wind energy is important in the Dutch energy transition. Before the construction of wind farms in the North Sea, parties map out the zones in detail. They also carry out surveys to measure the:

  • strength of the wind;
  • height of the waves;
  • archaeology; and
  • composition of the seabed.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency wants to carry out these investigations more sustainably. We are taking the first step in this direction with Fugro.

Geotechnical research

From the end of January to April 2021, Fugro ship Despina is conducting geotechnical research of the seabed. Fugro uses the results for the design of the wind turbine foundations and the routes for the infield cables. Around 20% of the fuel used consists of advanced biofuels. These are produced from residual flows such as oils and fats from industry. This will save 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions, a reduction of about 17%.

Commitment to sustainability

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency promotes sustainability in the Netherlands and abroad. We consider it important to make our processes more sustainable. One way to achieve this is by including sustainability requirements for contracts and services that we tender. Collaboration with third parties and entrepreneurs contributes to lowering our CO2 footprint and that of the Netherlands as a whole.