Berenschot produces roadmap for 49% CO2 reduction in technological and metallurgical industries

Published on 4 June 2019

In the 2018 coalition agreement, the Netherlands set itself the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030 compared with the 1990 level. Berenschot prepared two Climate Roadmaps for FME, the business association for the technological industry, the VNMI (Dutch Metallurgical Industry Association) and the AVNeG (Dutch Foundries Sector Association) to demonstrate how these objectives could be achieved. This gives the sectors and their members a clear answer as to how they should get started with the energy transition.

The technological and metallurgical industries have already achieved substantial greenhouse gas reductions compared with 1990, partly by optimising processes and reducing PFC emissions. However, by 2030 an even greater reduction is needed and in less time, particularly with respect to CO2 emissions. The two Climate Roadmaps show that this challenge is significant for both industries, but is achievable. For the technological industry, a combination of process optimisation, electrification of processes and solar panels on roofs is necessary. In the metallurgical industry, a combination of CC(U)S and HIsaran are specifically important for Tata Steel, and the remaining industries need to optimise processes. Overall, CO2 reduction by 2030 is achievable in the metallurgical industry through optimising current processes, but radical process modifications will be needed after 2030. The use of hydrogen in industry can offer a solution for this, if this is available in sufficient quantities.

Cooperation is essential

Industry is dependent on the energy sector for sustainable energy. Good timing and coordination are needed to achieve the objectives by 2030. After all, companies need to know as quickly as possible whether they can switch to sustainable gas or need to focus more on electrification. A robust network of gas pipelines, heat grids and electricity is also a prerequisite to enable the transition to succeed in time. The sectors are keen to work with the relevant parties to realise such steps.

The Opportunity Map: solutions for the energy transition

The energy transition demands modern and sustainable technological solutions. Not only in industry, but in other sectors as well. Technology is, after all, the foundation for making buildings, power generation and mobility more sustainable. The members of FME have many in-house solutions that can contribute in other sectors to reducing greenhouse gases and making energy systems smarter. Berenschot collated a number of these innovative solutions in the Opportunity Map. This Opportunity Map will be expanded further by FME in the coming year to provide a hundred case studies from different sectors.