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CE Mailvision issue 21, march 2015

Study on impacts and effectiveness of EU ETS for European Commission

In Brussels the groundwork for the 4th phase of the Emissions Trading Scheme (post-2020) is currently being laid, and in this context CE Delft is conducting two studies for the European Commission. The first, being carried out in a consortium with AEA and others, is concerned with the effectiveness of the benchmarking scheme. The issue is whether the introduction of benchmarks in the 3rd phase of the ETS has led to changes in business behaviour (trade and/or investments) and what the macro-economic effects are. The second study, together with the Öko-institut, is analysing the effectiveness and effect of free issue of carbon credits. Were industries able to pass through these free credits in prices, and has that affected trade and investments? With its unique database tying installation data to sectoral data, CE Delft is ideally placed to undertake such analyses. More information: Sander de Bruyn +31 (0) 15 - 2150 150. 
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Co-firing Subcoal

Subcoal® International has asked CE Delft to assess the climate and overall environmental impact of the co-firing of Subcoal in coal-fired power plants. Subcoal pellets are produced from paper/plastic waste streams such as rejects from the paper industry and residual paper/plastic fractions from sorting plants. The climate and environmental impact of co-firing Subcoal in coal-fired power plants was evaluated in comparison with incineration of paper/plastic waste (the raw material of Subcoal) in a waste incineration plant (WIP). Results show that the Subcoal route has a lower climate and overall environmental than the WIP route, owing largely to the substitution of hard coal (less mining and firing of hard coal). More information: Matthijs Otten +31 (0)15 2150 150. naar boven

CE advises Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority wants to reward vessels with a modest environmental profile and has asked CE Delft to advise on a suitable system. CE Delft has experience in this field, having already developed the Environmental Ship Index for the ports participating in the World Port Climate Initiative. Under this scheme, cleaner vessels are given a discount on harbour dues. The new project, to be carried out in collaboration with the Panama Forest Service, is scheduled for completion at the end of May this year. More information: Jasper Faber +31 (0)15 2150 150.  naar boven

More transport biofuels?

The European Commission (DG CLIMA) has commissioned a consortium including CE Delft to analyse the economic and environmental impacts of a possible increase in the biofuel percentages of transport fuels (petrol & diesel) in the context of the Fuel Quality Directive (Directive 98/70/EC). The study is an initial, exploratory survey of the issues involved; no concrete policy changes are as yet envisaged. More information: Anouk van Grinsven +31 (0)15 2150 150.  naar boven

Bio-kerosene for aircraft

The international aviation organisation ICAO is working on an economic instrument to reduce aircraft greenhouse gas emissions. One of the key measures envisaged is use of biofuels. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment has asked CE Delft to examine whether incentives can be incorporated in the economic instrument to increase demand for bio-kerosene, and if so to what extent. More information: Jasper Faber +31 (0)15 2150 150. naar boven

Thinktank on Energy Market Reform

The growing share of renewable, intermittent energy sources in the Netherlands and elsewhere, increased interconnectivity with neighbouring countries, development of electricity storage capacity and new technologies in the realms of mobility and heat, to name just two examples – these are all developments that impact on energy supply and demand and thus on the energy market. The Thinktank on Energy Market Reform has analysed the likely impact of technical and policy developments as well as possible solutions for emerging issues. See Energy market on the move. More  information: Sebastiaan Hers +31 (0)15 2150 150. naar boven

International integration of transport and energy policy

In the IEA-RETD project ‘Next generation policy instruments for renewable transport (RES-T-NEXT)’ CE Delft is investigating what new forms of policy instrument can help speed up the energy transition in the transport sector. The project looks at the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of current policy instruments, seeks to identify new, innovative instruments, and makes concrete policy recommendations for policy-makers and the transport sector. The IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) is keen to promote international cooperation in the field of policy, policy measures and market-based instruments, with a view to accelerating worldwide use of renewable energy. In this project, CE Delft is collaborating with the U.S. consultancy Stratas Advisors (formerly Hart Energy). More information: Anouk van Grinsven +31 (0)15 2150 150. naar boven

CO2 emissions from maritime transport

The European Council and Parliament have reached consensus on the text of a Regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport. The Regulation is expected to be adopted later this year, with ships being required to monitor their emissions from 2018 onwards. CE Delft has been asked, together with PWC and Marena, to assist the Commission in drafting the delegated and implementing acts required for proper implementation of the regulation. Specifically, CE Delft will develop definitions for the quantity of cargo, fuel and emissions monitoring and other relevant parameters. More information: Jasper Faber +31 (0)15 2150 150.  naar boven