Impact of scrubbers in ports

To contribute to the ongoing discussion on the impact of scrubbers (Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, EGCSs) on harbour water quality, CE Delft and Deltares have been commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), INTERFERRY and the European Community of Shipowners Associations (ECSA) to analyse the impacts of EGCS washwater discharges while vessels are manoeuvring and moored in ports, especially in the North and Baltic Seas. CE Delft is collaborating on the project with Deltares. More information: Jasper Faber

Decarbonisation of the EU transport sector

The European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) has commissioned a study on decarbonisation of the EU transport sector. The study will serve as a background report providing input for the follow-up policy debate on the EC’s communication on decarbonisation of this sector and related initiatives. The overall aim of the study is to identify the impacts of (existing and unfolding) GHG emission reduction strategies currently being implemented in the EU and around the world and assess how transport decarbonisation can best be achieved. More information: Anco Hoen

Minewater analysis

In 2008 the world’s first Minewater power station was opened in Heerlen, in the south of the Netherlands. Since then the project has expanded from utilizing not just the geothermal energy from the former collieries but also all the town’s previously wasted energy flows, as well as cascading of heat and cold and smart control of supply and demand of heat at various temperatures. CE Delft has been asked to conduct an analysis of the Minewater project to compare it with conventional heat/cold production methods and other alternatives. It will also be assessed whether the concept can be implemented at other locations and a checklist of basic preconditions drawn up. More information: Benno Schepers

French incentive policy for biomethane

At the request of the French gas grid operator GRDF, CE Delft and eclareon are developing a benchmark for the incentive policies in place in seven European countries for transport sector biomethane, i.e. biogas upgraded to natural gas quality. The project’s aim is to advise the grid operator on the best incentives for use of transport biomethane in France. More information: Cor Leguijt

A Study on Aviation Ticket Taxes

Several EU Member States currently levy a tax on plane tickets, while others have had them in the past but now abolished them or have considered implementing them but declined. Analyses have shown that it is hard to internalise the external costs of damage due to carbon dioxide emissions, as these emissions are directly linked to fuel use and taxation of fuel is generally prohibited by bilateral air service agreements. Transport and Environment has asked CE Delft to study the scope for developing EU guidelines on aviation taxes, to provide clarity on what is legally permissible and assess whether passenger carbon taxes can be designed that do not contravene the prohibition on fuel taxes. More information: Jasper Faber

Decarbonisation and Energy Resilience in the EU

The STOA panel of the European Parliament has commissioned CE Delft and Ecologic Institute to produce an overall picture of the technological options available and how best to combine them to drive decarbonisation efforts and ensure resilience of Europe’s energy systems in the medium to long term. The main challenges for each energy-consuming sector will be identified and a range of technological and policy options for future decarbonisation will be presented and discussed. More information: Bettina Kampman