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CEDA Working Group on Energy Efficiency (WGEE)

Energy plays a role throughout the lifecycle of dredging projects, and decisions made early in the project initiation phase can have huge impacts on later energy consumption. Also, legislation, relating to emissions and sustainability, is becoming stricter.

With that in mind, the CEDA Environment Commission (CEC) has set up this Working Group on Energy Efficiency in relation to sustainability. The WG came together for the first time on 3 March 2018.

  • They aim to compose an information paper offering the reader a structured insight into Energy Efficiency. This by providing an overview of comprehensive perspectives of the various stakeholders regarding key aspects of all project phases. The paper was published in January 2023 and can be found under CEDA online publications.
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Chair: Paul Vercruijsse, DEME, Belgium
Leila Benali, Atlantic Dredging, Morocco
Leonard den Boer, Royal IHC, the Netherlands
Ruben Brouwer, Boskalis, the Netherlands
Michael Deruyck, Jan De Nul, Belgium
Ewout van Duursen, DAMEN Dredging Equipment, the Netherlands
Alberto del Pino, Dravosa, Spain
Dirk Roukema, Blue Pelican Associates, the Netherlands
Bert Visser, Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management/Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands

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WG members at their first meeting, on 3rd March 2018, at CEDA HQ in Delft, the Netherlands (l to r): Leila Benali (Atlantic Dredging – Morocco), Paul Vercruijsse (DEME – Belgium), Dirk Roukema (Blue Pelican Associates – the Netherlands), Michael Deruyck (Jan De Nul – Belgium), Ewout van Duursen (DAMEN Dredging Equipment – the Netherlands), Leonard den Boer (Royal IHC – the Netherlands).

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A small, but dedicated team met on the 26th September 2019 (l to r): Paul Vercruijsse (DEME – Belgium) (WG chair), Ewout van Duursen (DAMEN Dredging Equipment – the Netherlands), Michael Deruyck (Jan De Nul – Belgium), Alberto del Pino (Dravosa – Spain)


View the latest presentation about the working group’s progress by Paul Vercruijsse, WG Chair (DEME, Belgium) at CEDA Dredging Days 2019, click here.


Working starts on energy efficiency paper - 8 June 2018

CEDA releases new findings on energy efficiency January 2023.