Energy in industry
What do we do?
- We assess potential policy measures and transition steps.
- We carry out supply chain analyses.
- We identify barriers and opportunities.
- We help industry and government develop strategies and policies.
In doing so, we focus on five main issues:
Co-siting and CHP
The exchange of by-product and waste flows between industries provides opportunities to improve efficiency. One key option is combined heat and power generation (CHP), which still provides plenty of scope for energy-saving. At the moment, though, industrial CHP is losing its share of the market. We are in discussion with government and industry about conditions under which the available CHP potential can be properly realised.
Supply chain analyses
Savings down the supply chain are one of the key elements of long-term agreements on energy efficiency for EU ETS industries (the so-called ‘MEE covenant’). Building on our broad experience with supply chain analysis and LCA we support individual industries as well as entire sectors.
Biomass in industrial processes
In some industrial processes there is scope for large-scale use of biomass and CE Delft has experience with charting the environmental and economic impacts of such applications. Some of these score markedly better than options that are the focus of current policy, such as biofuels for motor vehicles.
See also: Biomass.
CO2 capture and storage
The main focus of the present public debate is CO2 capture at coal-fired power stations. In our view, though, there are major opportunities for capturing CO2 from industrial processes with relatively concentrated CO2 emissions (hydrogen, steel, ammonia). Carbon dioxide from these processes is already being supplied to horticultural greenhouses and there is scope for further expansion.
Energy conservation. Legislation via the Environmental Control Act
Under the Environmental Control Act ‘smaller’ industries (outside the EU ETS) are obliged to implement energy conservation measures. As things stand at the moment, though, local and provincial authorities find this legislation hard to implement and sometimes afford it low priority. CE Delft supports government authorities in its implementation, with effectiveness being the prime goal: a focus on industries with substantial savings potential, low administrative costs and clearly visible results.
Dutch Parliament, European Commission (DG TREN), Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, VROM Inspectorate, Vopak LNG Projects, Agentschap NL, Rijnmond Environmental Agency (DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond), AKZO Nobel, VNPI, Energy Valley, Thermphos, provincial authorities of Groningen, Zuid-Holland and Zeeland, and Zuid-Holland Environmental Federation.
For further information,
please contact Ab de Buck
Below we provide a full list of publicly available reports relating to Energy in industry.
Studie naar verbeteringen in de energie-efficiency in de petroleumketen, buiten de raffinaderijen
Een langetermijnvisie op CO2-efficiënte productie in de Europese regio