Mailvision February 2019

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

EU natural gas sector

Decarbonisation of the energy system will result in growing integration of different energy carriers, in particular gas, electricity and heat. In this study we look at regulatory barriers and gaps that are holding back closer co-ordination (‘sector coupling’) between EU gas and electricity sectors and preventing deployment of renewable and low-carbon gases. The overall aim is to facilitate efficient use of energy sources in pursuit of decarbonisation, giving due consideration to affordability for European energy consumers. More information:Bettina Kampman.

Low-sulphur aviation fuels

Jet fuel may contain relatively high levels of aromatics and sulphur. The EU-funded JETSCREEN project aims to develop an optimisation platform enabling the integration of distributed design tools and experimentally based validations to assess the risks and benefits of alternative fuels. The objective of this study is to analyse the social costs and benefits of the use of low-sulphur, low-aromatic aviation fuels. More information: Jasper Faber 

Reducing GHG from International Shipping

A consortium comprising CE Delft, UCLC, University of the South Pacific, Texas Tech University and Lloyds Register EMEA is helping the European Commission prepare for and feed into discussions at the IMO on GHG emission reduction measures for international shipping and their impacts on States in the framework of the IMO strategy to reduce these emissions. The aim is to identify emission reduction measures and analyse and assess them in terms of efficacy, cost-effectiveness and political feasibility. There will be a process to seek input from stakeholders and involve them in the debate and to provide case studies for assessing impacts on States. More information: Jasper Faber

Recycling bio plastics

For the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate CE Delft is researching whether PLA consumer waste (bioplastic made from organic materials) should be sorted and recycled. To this end a review is being undertaken of the technical options and the conditions under which sorting and recycling are financially viable. The study will also examine the potential environmental benefits of PLA recycling by comparing the climate impact of alternative processing routes for discarded PLA consumer waste. By combining the cost and climate-impact analyses, a first-pass estimate of the cost-effectiveness of carbon reduction will be calculated. More information: Geert Bergsma

Biobased binder in chipboard

The furniture industry uses an adhesive for particle board and MDF, based on fossil resources (e.g. formaldehyde). To be able to handle the increasing demand for particle board and MDF while minimizing climate change impact, innovative adhesives are necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the dependency on fossil resources. CE Delft is part of a European consortium of research institutes and companies that in the SUSBIND project research new biobased adhesives for application in furniture. The goal of the project is to develop an adhesive that has been tested in a prototype particle board / MDF (TRL 5). CE Delft ensures throughout the 4 year technology development process that the adhesive has a lower CO2-footprint than conventional adhesives, the adhesive has no adverse impacts on human health and that the adhesive aligns with all market and regulatory requirements. More information: Sanne Nusselder

Internalisation of external costs in EU transport

In December 2018 CE Delft presented the preliminary results of a study on internalising the external costs of transport at a broad stakeholder conference in Brussels. The conference was attended by the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, who emphasised the importance of the ‘user pays’ and ‘polluter pays’ principles in European transport policy. Our study provides an important basis for discussion of this topic, as it shows the extent to which external and infrastructure costs of the various transport modes are currently internalised via taxes and charges in EU Member States. Another important product of this project will be an updated version of the European Handbook on the external costs of transport. More information: Arno Schroten

Policy instrument for climate change mitigation

The ‘polluter-pays principle’ is a sound and effective one, but is it being applied to the
most urgent form of pollution facing mankind today, greenhouse gas emissions? In most cases the answer is no. The External Costs Charge (ECC) proposed in this report targets the ultimate polluter: the consumer for whom the polluting products are made, so that economic theory is brought to bear on global warming. Those who pollute, or buy polluting products, should pay the proper price. This means a price that includes a charge sufficient to prevent or restore the damage caused by pollution, making polluting products more expensive and greener products relatively cheaper.
Just like VAT, the proposed ECC would be charged at a product’s point of sale. Unlike VAT, though, the ECC taxes greenhouse gas emissions rather than added value and can in principle be designed to compensate for other external costs, too. The charge wouldhave a fixed value per tonne CO2 equivalent. To mark the 40th anniversary of its work on the environment, CE Delft is presenting this study, which answers all the practical questions relating to the ECC. What is a suitable charge level? Where exactly should it be levied? What articles will become more expensive and by how much? The ECC is a serious proposal for comprehensively tackling the pressing problem of greenhouse gas emissions. More information: Frans Rooijers.

Webinar Cost Benefit Analysis ITS-services

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Final conference NEWBITS

On the 21st March of 2019, the final conference of the Horizon 2020 project NEWBITS will be held in the European Parliament in Brussels. Over the last two years, CE Delft and partners has investigated why ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) applications often fail to make it beyond trial phases and how more innovative and robust business models can be developed for these applications. At the final conference the results of this study will be presented and discussed with Members of the European Parliament and of the European Commission. For more information on the NEWBITS project, contact Arno Schroten