CE Mailvision newsletter Spring 2022

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In this issue:
  • Overview of pricing instruments for transport emissions
  • CountEmissions EU
  • EU policy-mix to achieve climate neutrality by 2050
  • Pay as you eat dairy, eggs and meat
  • Circularity textile chain
  • Sustainability of a hotel group
  • Circular board compared with non-circular board
  • Green gas blending requirement in the Netherlands
  • Recent publications

Pricing transport emissions

In this study for the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament, we provide an overview of pricing instruments used in the transport sector of the European Member States, with an emphasis on reducing CO2 emissions. The study focuses on the new plans of the European Commission: the introduction of an ETS scheme for road traffic and the built environment, and the amendment of the Energy Taxation Directive. More information: Arno Schroten.

CountEmissions EU

There is no harmonised framework in the EU for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport and logistic sectors. This is preventing companies, customers and passengers from monitoring and comparing transport options in terms of GHG emissions In this study for DG Move, we will conduct an Impact Assessment of the options to harmonise and encourage the use of GHG emissions accounting in Europe. More information: Arno Schroten.

EU policy-mix to achieve climate neutrality by 2050

CE Delft is one of nine partners in the 4i-TRACTION project, which is funded by the EU-Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. In this project, we analyse what a transformative EU climate policy could look like, and how the current EU policy mix needs to evolve to chart the course for climate neutrality by 2050. Our analysis is structured around four cross-cutting core challenges, the “4 i’s”: innovation, investment, infrastructure and integration. CE Delft is the topic lead for infrastructure throughout the project, and is leading two of the research tasks: the quantitative assessment of the EU climate policy framework until 2020, and the assessment of a number of core instruments of the future climate policy framework. More information: Bettina Kampman.

Pay as you eat dairy, eggs and meat

The consumption of dairy, eggs and meat causes damage to the environment in various places in the supply chain, such as climate change, eutrophication and the emission of harmful substances such as ammonia (which contributes to nitrogen problems) and particulate matter. The TAPP Coalition asked CE Delft to provide European-oriented policy proposals to pass on the price of dairy, eggs and meat so that it reflects the actual costs to society and to calculate these for economic and environmental effects for the EU-27, Germany and France. More information: Marisa Korteland.

Circularity textile chain

The Dutch ministry of environment has set goals for increased circularity within the textile chain. Goals are set concerning the government policy as well as extended producer responsibility. CE Delft is asked to calculate the effects on impact on climate change, water consumption and land use for several scenarios for fibre use, textile production and end-of-life treatment. More information: Marijn Bijleveld.

Sustainablity of a hotel group

A hotel group in Amsterdam wants to make its sustainable performance measurable, so that it can analyse its performance to date and prioritise improvements. The focus is on climate impact, biodiversity, land use and toxicities. The analysis is also intended to enable hotel staff to elaborate on the key figures. The hotel group asked CE Delft to provide support in making the sustainability promises measurable. More information: Maarten Bruinsma.

Green gas blending requirement in the Netherlands

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy commissioned CE Delft to study the proposed blending requirement for green gas in the built environment. It identifies the advantages and disadvantages of different policy options, such as the extent of the requirement. CE also examines how this requirement can be implemented effectively and efficiently. An increase in the proportion of green gas should lead to a reduction in CO2 and the replacement of natural gas by renewable gases in locations where gas cannot be replaced by electric heating. More information: Daan Juijn.

Circular board compared with non-circular board

Niaga redesign products (carpet, mattresses and furniture panels) to achieve circularity and avoid the materials ending up as waste. Niaga has asked CE Delft to carry out a LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study to compare the environmental impact of two of their circular furniture panels with conventional furniture panels. During this study, we will calculate the environmental footprint of the panel from cradle-to-grave. CE Delft analyzed earlier the carbon footprint of conventional carpets compared to fully circular carpets made with Niaga’s technology. This analysis took into account multiple lifecycles of the materials inside the carpet, illustrating the ecological benefits of redesigning products for circularity. More information: Coen van der Giessen.

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