In this issue

  • Support for local zero-emission logistics
  • Decarbonized EU residential building sector
  • Decarbonising steel, chemicals, refining, cement
  • EP emerging technologies transport
  • Spatial Regional Energy Strategy (RRES) Flanders
  • Cultivated meat products
  • Carbon leakage risk of industrial sectors EU-ETS
  • Recent publications

Support for local zero-emission logistics

Aiming for 30 to 40 municipalities in the Netherlands to implement an effective zero-emissions zone by 2025 is challenging. For the logistics sector it is essential that the regulations in the different towns and cities are very similar and provide a level playing field. To support speedy local decision-making, stimulate harmonization and tackle implementation issues, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has initiated the SPES programme, executed by a consortium led by CE Delft. The discussion and knowledge platform that SPES offers should prove valuable for the acceptance of zero-emission zones and the Dutch approach may very well prove valuable for other countries as well. More information: Anco Hoen

Decarbonized EU residential building sector

CE Delft was commissioned by the European Climate Foundation to assess the policies and innovation needed to achieve a fully decarbonized EU residential building sector by 2050.
The study highlights the importance and urgency of addressing buildings in achieving net-zero economy targets. It makes the case for new policies targeting the sector at the EU, national and local level, showing the potential of those policies to reduce carbon emissions. The report concludes that there are three key areas to target in order to set the sector on a trajectory to zero emissions: reducing energy demand through renovation of the building stock, shifting to zero-carbon energy carriers, and applying the principles of circularity to the buildings supply chain.
En eventueel als er nog ruimte is: Each of these areas will require policy-makers to introduce a combination of new regulatory and pricing policies, bearing in mind the very limited changes of ownership and renovation windows left before 2050. More information: Katja Kruit

EP study iron and steel, chemicals, refining and cement industries

At the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, CE Delft has identified the technologies required for a rapid decarbonisation of European industry (with a particular focus on the iron and steel, chemicals, refining and cement industries) and investigated what policies are required additionally to the present policy instruments to guarantee deployment of these technologies in European industries. Technology and policy roadmaps are presented to help shape the Green Deal and enhance the transition to a climate-neutral European industry. More information: Sander de Bruyn

EP emerging technologies transport

The European Parliament has commissioned CE Delft and TNO to research emerging technologies for transforming the transport sector (like smart sensors, artificial intelligence and blockchain) and the actions needed to prepare transport infrastructure for these changes. The results should provide an overview to inform new members of the Parliament, including a discussion on applications of these technologies in the transport sector and their impacts on the sector and infrastructure. It should also cover the state of play and future actions required to fully accommodate these technologies and related mobility applications. More information: Arno Schroten


Spatial Regional Energy Strategy (RRES) Flanders

In partnership with BUUR and VITO, CE Delft is supporting the Flemish government in developing a Spatial Regional Energy Strategy (RRES). Do’s and don’ts gained from experience in the Netherlands will help elaborate the energy transition in Flanders. As RRES will be practically oriented and dovetail with already existing local initiatives, proposals are to be trialled in two pilot regions. In the Netherlands, CE Delft is involved in elaborating Regional Energy Strategies (RES) in numerous regions and this experience will be brought to bear on the Flemish situation. More information: Nina Voulis

Cultivated meat products

Numerous companies are working on development of cultivated meat products. CE Delft is currently studying the environmental impact and costs of goods for cultivated meat products, for production on a commercial scale. The study is funded by GAIA and The Good Food Institute. Primary data from cultivated meat companies and related industries are used in the models. Results will be compared to conventional meat products and alternatives. More information: Ingrid Odegard


Carbon leakage risk of industrial sectors EU-ETS

For the German Environment Agency (UBA) CE Delft is investigating the relationship between unequal carbon pricing and carbon leakage in an empirical manner. For this, we conduct an econometric analysis into the trade impacts of unequal carbon prices between the EU and important trading partners. This to shed light on the potential of carbon leakage due to unilateral climate policies, such as the EU ETS. More information: Sander de Bruyn