Realising a natural gas-free Rotterdam district
In Rotterdam’s Bospolder-Tussendijken district (BoTu), the first homes have been disconnected from the gas grid. Housing corporation Havensteder, the municipality of Rotterdam and Eneco are jointly working on a natural gas-free district.
The local area agreement was signed in 2021, and the first homes are connected to Eneco’s heat network. The BoTu district is one of the first districts in Rotterdam to switch to sustainable district heating.
District heating best alternative for natural gas
The energy transition is also being taken advantage of to strengthen the position of the residents in the district in the area of work, debts, language and care. Eneco has also joined the ‘Better for BoTu and Better for the Environment’ partnership agreement. For example, working with the district’s language and environmental coaches creates a connection between reduced CO2 emissions and the efforts to fight lack of fluency in Dutch and energy poverty.