Mailvision April 2018

CE Mailvision is published three times a year to provide a quick review of some of our current and most recent projects.

Cutting emissions from farming

With agriculture accounting for over 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, it seems unavoidable that measures will be taken to mitigate emissions in this sector. Along with information on the costs and impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, CE Delft is looking into environmental co-benefits and trade-offs as well as barriers. Insight is needed into the barriers for adopting new technologies, changing agricultural practices and transitioning to (more) climate-friendly mode of operation. Against this background, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Birdlife have asked CE Delft to help identify such barriers. To this end, stakeholders workshops will be organized in five different EU countries. This project , funded by the German European Climate initiative (EUKI), is part of a broader exploration by the EEB and Birdlife Europe in collaboration with partners in France, Hungary, Spain, Ireland and Germany.

Chemical recycling

The Dutch government sees chemical recycling as a key step forward in transforming mixed plastics waste into a valuable chemical feedstock and CE Delft is now examining its pros and cons for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. What opportunities does it create, environmentally and economically? This project follows on from our earlier environmental analysis of Waste-to-Chemical processes for Rotterdam municipality. That study showed that certain recycling routes in this category (including the Enerkem route) are clearly better than incineration with power production. This analysis also ties in with the LCA we’re doing for Ioniqa, who chemically recycle PET waste streams. CE Delft will be advising the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging and Rotterdam municipality on the environmental aspects of chemical recycling and how it can be translated into policy. More information: Geert Bergsma.

Decarbonising aviation and maritime shipping

To decarbonise aviation and maritime shipping requires a transition to GHG-neutral energy options, with electrofuels produced using renewable energy particularly relevant for these sectors. Such fuels are currently only available on a very modest scale, though, if at all. CE Delft, together with Öko-Institut (consortium leader) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), has been commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency to develop a roadmap specifying the concrete steps that need to be taken at the global, EU and national level to enable sufficient supply and uptake of the most promising GHG-neutral energy options. To develop this roadmap the project will also review the projected energy demand of the sectors, estimate the share that would have to be covered by GHG-neutral energy options for them to decarbonise, and review and assess the relevant GHG-neutral energy options.

Energy transition strategy for the North Sea Canal

Although plans for the energy transition in the North Sea Canal Area (NSCA, the Amsterdam-IJmuiden port region) have already presented by various parties, there is a need for a coherent overall strategy and a joint plan of action. In addition, there is as yet no clear picture of the spatial implications or financial-economic impacts, nor of the timetable for such an energy transition. The NSCA Project Agency has commissioned CE Delft to develop the desired strategic vision, making die allowance for the interests of all relevant stakeholders so there is due support for the strategy. On this project we will be collaborating with Studio Marco Vermeulen and SEO Amsterdam Economics.

French edition of ‘The hidden impact’

In her book “De verborgen impact” (‘The hidden impact’) Babette Porcelijn sets out the environmental impact of the typical Dutch consumer, showing that much of that impact occurs out of sight and is also far greater than we think. Consumer purchases and meat consumption have the greatest impact. The data used for quantifying the environmental impact were provided by CE Delft and we’ve now been asked to provide insight into the impact of French consumers for a French edition of the book. In a similar vein we already contributed to a US edition. More information: Lonneke de Graaff.

Support for public consultation on innovation fund

The European Commission adopted a proposal in 2015 that includes the establishment of an Innovation Fund to support innovation in industrial low-carbon technologies. Key design elements of the future set-up of the fund are now explored in a dedicated Impact Assessment by DG CLIMA. To take the views of stakeholders and citizens into account, an online public consultation was carried out recently and a consultation workshop with experts is planned for the end of May. CE Delft, in cooperation with Ramboll, has been commissioned by DG Clima to provide support to the Commission’s work.

Active citizen participation in the energy transition

Under the EU “Horizon 2020” programme the three-year PROSEU project was recently launched in Lisbon by a group of researchers and local government representatives from eight countries. The project’s focus is on the role of citizens in producing and distributing their own renewable energy and aims to explore how this so-called ‘prosumerism’ can help build a more sustainable future. Prosumers are active energy users who both consume and produce renewable energy. The research will look into new business models, market regulations, infrastructural integration, technology scenarios and energy policies. PROSEU’s interdisciplinary team will work closely with Prosumer Initiatives (Living Labs), policymakers and other stakeholders from eight countries.