Analyses of promising CCU in EU

This study has three objectives; to assess readiness for the various CCU (Carbon Capture and Use) technologies, map their roll-out and clarify which are viable for support, including from the planned Innovation Fund under the EU ETS. It also examines the EU regulatory context and relevant legislation. The aim is to engage with stakeholders for a better understanding of the technologies and the legislative framework.
More information: Diederik Jaspers

Tool for national aviation charges

At the request of the European Commission, CE Delft and SEO are developing a policy tool for estimating national aviation charges in European, American and Asian nations. CE Delft is currently gathering national data on taxes and tax exemptions relating to air passenger and freight transport. Policymakers will be able to use the tool for estimating the impacts of an aviation charge on the environment, the aviation sector and national economies. More information: Jasper Faber

Inducement prize for biofuel in shipping

Inducement prizes are a way to stimulate innovation. CE Delft has been asked by the European Commission, DG RTD, to develop a proposal for an inducement prize for ships sailing on biofuels, to promote innovation in the field of renewable fuels for maritime transport. CE Delft has been tasked to develop eligibility criteria (which ships, sailing on which fuels, should be allowed to enter the competition) and award criteria (how participating ships are to be ranked). More information: Jasper Faber

Grid for the future

Our energy systems will need to undergo a radical transition over the coming decades. To get a handle on potential developments, grid operators need to explore alternative futures. In the Grid for the Future study, four different scenarios for the Netherlands were therefore elaborated and the numbers crunched by a taskforce comprising grid-operator representatives, working under the umbrella of the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands and supported by CE Delft. More information: Maarten Afman

Renewable fuel as a buffer

The growing need to address the mismatch between supply and demand of renewable energy in summer and winter, as well as between regions is creating opportunities for intermediary energy carriers like hydrogen and ammonia. A provisional analysis by CE Delft indicates there is scope for renewable fuel as a medium for both storage and flexibility. Renewable fuel can also play a role in supplying energy for transportation and heat. Gasunie and NUON have commissioned CE Delft to carry out a study into the feasibility of downstream steps for feeding ‘blue’ and ‘green’ hydrogen into the Dutch energy system post-2025. More information: Sebastiaan Hers

Internalising the external costs of transport in EU

To what extent have the 'user pays' and the 'polluter pays' principles been implemented in EU member states and other developed economies? This study aims to support the collection, calculation, presentation and analysis of data on various aspects of transport infrastructure investment and maintenance, infrastructure charging, external costs of transport and measures internalising externalities. One of the results is an update of the Handbook on the estimation of external costs of transport. More information: Arno Schroten.

Exploratory study on bio-LNG at Rotterdam Port

The Port of Rotterdam and the National LNG Platform have asked CE Delft to explore the potential for developing bio-LNG as a transport fuel at the port. The first phase of the project will review the available technologies and feedstocks and the relevant policy context. Scenarios will then be developed to explore supply and demand markets for bio-LNG. Finally, three concrete business models will be elaborated. There is scope for application in heavy freight transport and inland and maritime shipping. The project is part of the Port of Rotterdam’s transition to alternative fuels, but will have relevance for other regions, too. More information: Cor Leguijt

Environmental Prices Handbook and lookup tool

In September 2017 CE Delft published the Environmental Prices Handbook, the end product of a project commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. In this Handbook, damage costs for over 2,500  pollutants have been calculated by adding up the damage they can cause to human health, ecosystems, buildings and materials, resource availability and wellbeing. Using the online environmental prices lookup tool, researchers and companies can retrieve environmental prices. In a follow-up project CE Delft has been asked by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to expand the current set of environmental prices to the EU level and investigate linkages between these prices and the Natural Capital Protocol. This research is being undertaken together with the UK Consultancy SustainValue. More information: Sander de Bruyn

Sustainable biomass and bioenergy in the Netherlands

The tracking and monitoring of biomass and bioenergy (BBE) is crucial for policymakers to determine the effects of government policies. Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), CE Delft is inventorying  total biomass consumption in the Dutch economy in 2016, to the extent that this can be determined from publically available CBS and Eurostat statistics and Prodcom numbers. This year the approach is sector-oriented (based on internationally used classifications), as used earlier by the Nova Institute for an inventory of the biobased economy in the EU and by CE Delft for a similar review in the Netherlands. More information: Marit van Lieshout

GHG emission reduction targets for international shipping

The objective of this study is to develop proposals for short-term policy measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships and assess their effectiveness. The European Commission may use the results of the study in talks on the IMO Strategy to Reduce GHG Emissions from Ships, which is currently being negotiated. More information: Jasper Faber