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DVP Sustainable energy (participant: South Africa)

This year’s last Dutch Visitors’ Programme focused on sustainable energy in urban settings. The participants all expressed a keen interest in the subject and were eager to discuss the global energy transition, the challenges facing their countries and the situation in the Netherlands.

During the 10-day visit, the delegation learned about developments in the Dutch energy transition from different angles. Staff members of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the government’s policy approach. The visitors also met with representatives of independent research and policy organisations such as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Energy Research Centre (ECN) and toured several companies that are active in the energy sector. Smaller-scale, innovative solutions were discussed during a networking event with Dutch start-ups. The group was impressed by the wind farms in Noordoostpolder, the Barrier Dam,  the port and city of Rotterdam – and especially the idyllic winter scenes due to snowfall around the country.

‘A huge potential for cooperation exists. I agreed with many of them to start negotiations for further cooperation and development of RE Projects. So it was amazing!’

Participants: Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Russia, South Africa, Turkey representatives: Marloes de Goeijen, Vera Wiedemeijer, Larissa Jongenelen (intern)