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Issue 26, November 2016

Clean inland shipping

Seventeen parties - governments, businesses, and knowledge institutes - from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom have formalised their commitment to work together in the European LIFE project Clean Inland Shipping (CLINSH). By testing innovative technologies, alternative types of fuel and shore power, the parties are seeking to achieve major reductions in the emissions of inland shipping. The effects will be monitored continuously on 30 ships. The data will provide a handle for policy-makers in local, regional, national and international governments and organisations. To encourage shipping companies to invest in improving fleet sustainability, CLINSH also identifies the business cases of the various measures. More information: Matthijs Otten naar boven

LCA recycled cotton fibre

The Saxion research group Smart Functional Materials has developed a recycling process for producing cellulose fibre from discarded cotton textile products: SaXcell. Saxion has asked CE Delft to perform a life cycle assessment (LCA) of the production process as it currently stands and in the more efficient version anticipated as production is scaled up. The LCA will provide objective environmental information on SaXcell and allow the product to be compared with existing (virgin) fibres like cotton and viscose. More information: Marijn Bijleveld naar boven

Green house gas aviation: GMBM or EU ETS?

At a conference in Montreal in October, representatives of governments, industry and civil society agreed on a new global market-based measure (CORSIA) to control the CO2-emissions of international aviation. Following this agreement, the European Union will review the provisions of the aviation ETS in light of the outcome of the 2016 ICAO Assembly. This study, carried out on behalf of Transport & Environment, compares the CO2-emisions coverage of the CORSIA with various scenarios of the aims to present a comparative analysis of the GMBM and various scopes for continued inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS. More information: Jasper Faber.
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Roadmap to roll-out C-ITS in Europe

CE Delft is a partner in the European research project NEWBITS, studying options to improve market penetration of applications involving cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS). C-ITS applications are ICT technologies that allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle systems) or with infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure or infrastructure-to-vehicle systems). Many promising C-ITS applications are currently failing to penetrate the market. In the NEWBITS project a thorough study on the barriers and enablers of deployment of C-ITS applications will be carried out and innovative business models and pragmatic training materials developed. Policy recommendations will also be drafted in close agreement with relevant market players, as much of the required information will be collected from four case studies. More information: Arno Schroten naar boven

Greening the concrete chain

The Dutch CSR Network Concrete commissioned CE Delft to estimate the greening potential for the short and middle long term of 17 greening options for the concrete industry. The report Prioritizing action perspectives for greening the concrete chain presents our findings on these 17 options. Taking Dutch concrete consumption in 2010 as the point of departure, for each of the greening options the CO2 abatement potential and CO2 abatement costs were calculated. The likely technical greening potential of these 17 options for 2020 equalled 25% of the CO2 footprint in 2010. More information: Marit van Lieshout naar boven

Emissions indicator for port logistics

Improving the environmental footprint of freight transport and the logistical chain is an important issue for Rotterdam. Last year the Port Authority of Rotterdam therefore asked CE Delft to develop a methodological framework for a carbon emissions indicator for port logistics, to provide a clearer picture of trends in the emissions due to port freight activities. Reducing the carbon footprint of the logistical chain is currently one of the Port Authority’s key operating objectives. This year a reference measurement is to be made of the carbon emissions of the logistical chain. The Port Authority will use this to improve its knowledge base, monitor emissions and build up a picture of the influence of relevant trends. More information: Eelco den Boer naar boven

CO2-standards Heavy Duty Vehicles

As part of European Commission’s policy to reduce Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) CO2 emission, certification and monitoring of HDV CO2 emission will be soon implemented. As part of the preparatory work, CE Delft recently finished a study into the options for monitoring of vehicle’s emissions and the associated costs. The study results have recently been presented during a stakeholder workshop in Brussels. In addition the Commission asked a consortium with CE Delft, TNO and  TU Graz to provide support to the Commission for the preparation of an impact assessment for setting CO2 emissions standards for lorries. As part of the new study, the consortium will concentrate on baseline vehicle and best performer vehicle fuel consumption, available measures to reduce fuel consumption and associated costs and the impact of standards on the European economy and society.

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Austrian environmental award for Sanne Nusselder

In Vienna, Austrian environment minister Andrä Rupprechter has presented the 2016 Hans Roth Environmental Award to CE Delft colleague Sanne Nusselder for her master’s paper A certification system for sustainable copper production. The jury was impressed by her approach to the issue, which covered the entire value chain of copper production. naar boven

Update on biomass and bioenergy

In the update of the report ‘Biomass and bioenergy in the Netherlands’, commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), additional data for 2015 have been collected on industrial use of biomass in biobased products and chemicals. Between 2012 and 2015 the University of Utrecht built up a picture of biomass import and export streams. Initially, these reports contained only solid biomass streams for bio-energy, but this was soon extended to include both solid and liquid biomass streams like oils, fats and carbohydrates for bio-energy and industrial applications. This year, the reporting is to be further extended to include biomass use in industry. More information: Marit van Lieshout naar boven