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In September, Berenschot expanded its consultancy practice to the European Union. In the heart of the European district in Brussels, Berenschot has now opened a new office in the Holland House (Rue d’Arlon 20). During the launch event Robert Wester, Managing Director of Berenschot-EU, presented a whitepaper with recommendations how to design and execute an ambitious Green Deal.
Large-scale production and application of blue hydrogen will enable the Rotterdam industrial area to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions well before 2030. This is the result of a feasibility study carried out by 16 companies and organisations working together in the H-vision project with the support of Berenschot. Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate received the H-vision report on 2 July.
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 year 2018 was a tumultuous year in the energy sector. That is why, by traditional, Berenschot collated the lessons from the energy projects in 2018. Use the following seven insights to your advantage. These were also presented during the climate agreement process, with the main theme being that heat networks and hydrogen are gaining ground in the transition discussions.
Up to seven times more geothermal heat to heat homes, buildings and greenhouses can be made available if a ‘play-based portfolio approach’ is used during the development of geothermal heat projects. This was shown in a study commissioned by Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and Gasunie and implemented by Berenschot and research agencies IF Technology and CE Delft.
Residual heat from data centres can play an important role in CO2 reduction in the built environment. 410 kton in CO2 reduction is possible. That is 12% of the Climate Round Table Built Environment challenge. These were the findings of precise research conducted by Berenschot and IF Technology.
Hydrogen for heat networks offers perspectives and, in favourable situations, can already make a sustainable contribution to the energy supply. This applies to heat networks close to current hydrogen pipelines, based on an input with ‘blue’ hydrogen made from methane in combination with CO2 capture and storage.
Integrated CO2 reduction through sustainable heat and a mix of electrons and molecules
In support of the ongoing consultation process of the climate round tables, Berenschot researched the system issues relating to the energy system up to 2030 and 2050. The research was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.
The signing of the Paris Agreement and the decrease in the production of natural gas in the Province of Groningen reinforce the demand for alternatives to natural gas. This is why Berenschot, under contract to the Dutch Energy Management Agency (EBN), surveyed the potential for scaling up the production of green gas and what is required to make this possible.