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Hastening a reduction in CO2 is possible through smart combination
Berenschot and Ecofys have examined how the Dutch chemical industry could reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 80-95% by 2050. This goal can be technically achieved by putting efforts into targeted innovation and with a package of investments in both the chemical industry and energy sector. These are just a few conclusions set out in the ‘Chemistry for Climate’ Roadmap for 2050, which has been drawn up by Ecofys and Berenschot on behalf of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI).
The demand for electricity that is accounted for by data centres is steadily increasing. The sector has already been making a great deal of headway in terms of sustainability; however, it could become even more sustainable by making better use of residual heat. This was the conclusion reached by experts during an ICT convention organised by Berenschot on behalf of Nederland ICT and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO.
Hybrid heat pumps can reduce the demand for natural gas in existing homes and buildings at an advantageous and accelerated rate from 15 billion cubic metres to possibly 1 billion cubic metres in 2035. This goes hand in hand with a significant but manageable electrification to prevent peaks in electricity demand. This is apparent from a recent study by Berenschot.
Consultancy firm Berenschot and the TNO institute will study what the possibilities are for extracting hydrogen from natural gas, with CO2 capture. The CO2-free hydrogen can, among other things, be used in industry or for clean electricity generation during times of less solar and wind energy.
In the Packaging Framework Agreement 2013-2022, the packing industry took up the challenge to recycle substantially more wood packaging. Nedvang and Berenschot support the sector in this with an exploration.
VNCI [Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry] has instructed Berenschot and Ecofys to prepare a roadmap for energy and climate up to 2050 for the chemical industry in the Netherlands. The Roadmap 2050 must lead to a shared ambition and vision for the Dutch chemical industry.
From now until 2050, Dutch industry could electrify quite a few of its processes and in doing so contribute to the Paris Agreement's climate objectives. This requires system, as well as process innovations. In this respect it is useful to make a distinction between various electrification strategies.
The use of the hybrid heat pump can accelerate the sustainability of housing, parallel to the implementation of all-electric and heat networks. This will result in a considerable and accelerated carbon reduction on top of the objectives of the Energy Agreement.