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Sustainable solutions at the Congress

As the world grapples with the urgent need for environmental stewardship, the 26th World Energy Congress stands as a beacon of innovation and commitment to sustainable practices. Amidst discussions of energy policies, advancements, and global challenges, our focus remains steadfast on integrating sustainability into every facet of our event.

From the materials used to construct our infrastructure to the initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, join us as we explore the efforts and impactful strides made towards a more sustainable future.

Discover how recycled materials and other eco-conscious initiatives are shaping the narrative of sustainability at the World Energy Congress.


The Rotterdam Ahoy, our chosen venue, is fully aligned with the World Energy Council‘s innovative approach towards global energy transitions, showcasing a shared commitment to forward-thinking energy initiatives.

The design of Rotterdam Ahoy prioritises minimal energy consumption. Specifically, it operates entirely without gas and features a 1,713 m2 moss sedum roof, effectively reducing CO2 emissions. This remarkable feature has already offset 1 ton of CO2, demonstrating its significant environmental impact. Additionally, its rooftop solar panels supply a quarter of the venue’s annual energy needs.

  • Minimal energy consumption
  • Operates entirely without gas
  • Moss sedum roof to reduce CO2 emissions

For more information on the sustainable solutions throughout the Ahoy check out the Rotterdam Ahoy Sustainability Floorplan. Also, take a look at the Sustainability Brochure.

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While we acknowledge that travelling by plane is unavoidable for international attendees, we highly encourage all delegates to consider all available sustainable options to travel to the Congress.

One of the popular ways to get to Rotterdam is by train. When travelling from France, Belgium or the UK, you have the possibility to arrive by Eurostar (which runs ten times per day). Although trains are not 100% pollutant free, they’re certainly on the right track! Download, rather than print, your tickets to reduce the impact of your journey even further.

For more information on this, please visit our travel & accommodation page.

  • Well-connected destination by train
  • Promotion of train travel with Eurostar discount
  • Venue connected by metro and biking lanes


We encourage all delegates attending the Congress to use sustainable travel options whilst getting to and around Rotterdam.

Good to know! The Metropolitan Region Rotterdam Den Haag (MRDH) was proclaimed the region with the most sustainable mobility in 2021.

To/from the Rotterdam Hague Airport

Rotterdam Central Station and The Hague Central Station are both well connected to Rotterdam the Hague Airport via public transport. The costs are low and regular intercity trains will bring you to the heart of the city.

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To/from the Rotterdam Ahoy

The Rotterdam Ahoy, is conveniently accessible by metro, tram and bus, so please consider this option when travelling to the venue. From the bus and metro station Zuidplein, it takes only a 5-minute walk!

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Using bikes

The Netherlands is also world-famous for its great biking culture. For short travels within Rotterdam, we highly encourage delegates to take advantage of the many biking lanes and the ‘OV-fiets’ rental bikes available at the Rotterdam Central station. Should you use your own bike, there is bike storage at the front of Ahoy.

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Lunch at the 26th World Energy Congress will feature fresh, locally sourced seasonal dishes to limit our ‘food miles’ to a bare minimum. We will thoughtfully prepare meals that cater to different dietary preferences, with clear signs indicating each option. Our aim is to offer delicious and inclusive choices for everyone attending.

The Ahoy disposables (plates, cups and cutlery) are made from 100% recycled materials and FSC-certified wood, which helps to reduce our environmental footprint.  Furthermore, any leftover coffee grounds from the coffee machines are collected and used for the cultivation of oyster mushrooms, through the award-winning circular concept ‘RotterZwam’. Last but not least, the Rotterdam Ahoy also uses Orbisk to help with waste reduction in the catering department. For more details about this, check


Our partners and suppliers are carefully selected to provide high quality & sustainable merchandise. Wherever possible, all Congress materials and giveaways are made of natural fibres and recycled / recyclable elements.

Congress supplies
  • Limited printing: pocket programme and city maps will be available digitally in pdf format
  • Delegate give-aways (bags and water bottles) are all made from recycled materials in Europe
  • Crew shirts are BCI certified (world’s largest cotton sustainability programme)
  • Badges: no plastic, printed on demand

Rewind® carpet: backwashed and 100% recycled polypropylene. No water is used for production and it’s latex free. Lightweight material making the carpet easy to collect and fold for loading and transport.


Vattenfall is the official Energy Provider of the World Energy Congress. Visitors to the event can, among other things, use a large charging plaza, with 30 mobile charging points and two batteries installed by Vattenfall especially for the event. The charging plaza can be found in the car park next to the conference centre. This allows visitors to participate in the programme while the electric car is charged for the return journey.


"I’m honoured to be joining so many visionary female leaders at the 26th World Energy Congress as we come together from all regions and industries to build a brighter future for people and the planet."

Sara Akbar

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Oilserv Kuwait

"We know that net zero is not enough and at ACCIONA we have a planet-positive strategy and the provision of renewable energy is at the heart of regeneration. It's a privilege to be part of the 26th World Energy Congress and its vision to redesign energy for people and the planet."

Rafael Mateo

Chief Executive Officer, ACCIONA Energía

"At Qcells, we are committed to delivering clean energy worldwide through our cutting-edge solar technology. I look forward to bringing the voice of solar and storage and our perspective on how to grow this promising industry to the 2024 World Energy Congress."

Dr Danielle Merfeld

EVP and Global Chief Technology Officer at Qcells

"As a proud Patron of the World Energy Council, I’m delighted to be part of the next World Energy Congress as together we harness our collective experience and solutions to build a net zero energy future."

Luc Remont

Chairman & CEO, Electricité de France (EDF)

"A just transition, for Africa, will not be possible without access to sustainable finance, the pursuit of economic development goals and the empowerment of women. The 2024 World Energy Congress will be a unique opportunity to accelerate energy transitions in Africa and beyond."

Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani

Chief Commercial Officer, Mixta Africa (ARM Group)