to Nov 8

Financing low-carbon transitions. An innovative session at the Earth System Governance Conference

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Organised by Bregje van Veelen and Mark Cooper

Summary: In this innovative session we bring together academic and non-academic stakeholders to critically explore the role finance can play in decarbonising our economy. We will explore the nature of low-carbon finance, its governance dynamics, and the interactions and trade-offs between ‘low-carbon’ and other ‘sustainable’ qualities of new materials, products and processes. 

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EUCalc industry expert workshop, Vienna
11:00 AM11:00

EUCalc industry expert workshop, Vienna

On July 10th 2018, REINVENT's Mariësse van Sluisveld (PBL) joined in at the EUCalc Expert consultation workshop on “Scenarios for Decarbonising European Industries”.

The workshop, organised on behalf of EUCalc by the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT), was devoted to the Production and Manufacturing module of the European Calculator model.  The workshop investigated the corresponding levels of ambition and effort that reflect the full range of what experts believe could be possible by 2050.

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Picture by Warmuth / ÖGUT (2018)


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10:00 AM10:00

REINVENT at Almedalen. Transition to sustainable plastic – what, how and who.

Transition to sustainable plastic – what, how and who

REINVENT joins hands with the STEPS programme to co-organise a session at Almedalen (Gotland) – one of the key annual events in Swedish politics.

Plastic is a versatile material with excellent functionalities that make it contribute to durability in a wide range of applications. Plastic gives us easier designs, extends the durability of food, and insulates cables for transmission of electricity. However, there are problems with fossil-based raw materials its production relies on, pollution and varying recyclability. So what is sustainable plastic, how do we get there and who makes it happen?

And what does sustainable mean? Is it bio-based, biodegradable or recycled plastic? Should we use less plastic than today's 100 kg per person in Europe? And if we are going to be fossil-free, is there even enough bio-based raw material? The panel will discuss different ways to more sustainable plastics and how different types of initiatives and instruments can foster development in the right direction. The question is also who is responsible and who can do what to switch to more sustainable plastic.

Åsa Stenmarck, Special Investigator Plastic Environmental Impact, IVL Swedish Environment Institute
Per Klevnäs, economist and consultant, Material Economics
Elin Hermansson, Project Manager Sustainable Chemistry 2030, Borealis AB
Linda Zellner, Director Innovation - Materials, Food and Feed, Perstorp AB
Tobias Nielsen, Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Lund University
Lars J Nilsson, Moderator, Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems, Lund University

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4:30 PM16:30

REINVENTers at the Industrial Efficiency Conference

REINVENTERs from Wuppertal and Lund, together with the Upper Austria Energy Agency and the Swedish Energy Agency, organise a side event "Deep decarbonisation of industry – strategy & policy implications" at the Industrial Efficiency conference conference.

The Industrial Efficiency Conference is the most important event on energy efficiency in Europe. In 2018, it is taking place in Berlin on 11 to 13 June 2018. Topics will be, amongst others, the deep decarbonisation of industry with its strategy and policy implications. The side event will be precisely on this topic and will take place on 12 June from 16.30 to 18.30.

The session convenes policy, research and industry representatives to discuss concepts and technologies as well as innovation strategies and policy approaches for initiating long-term changes along the value chain with a focus on the energy intensive processing industries. It aims to develop this agenda with the ECEEE (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economycommunity, as a part of eceee's ambition to lead the low carbon transition, and tap into the expertise of eceee participants on industrial strategies and policy. 

Further information on the conference and the side event is available here:


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9:00 AM09:00

Transition to a low carbon society, Lund University

This workshop will provide recommendations to the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting and the Mission Innovation meetings held in Malmö/Copenhagen on 23-24 May. REINVENT's coordinator Lars J Nilsson will moderate a panel on Experiments and Experiences from Industry.

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9:30 AM09:30

REINVENT visit to ThyssenKrupp's steel plant

The REINVENT team from the Wuppertal Institute, accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE), will visit the steel plant by ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg on May 14th. At the Duisburg site, the entire steel production process is carried out - from pig iron and crude steel to the rolling mill and further processing steps. The focus of the visit is to gain an overview of the whole process, focussing on certain steps of the value chain like rolling and casting processes. Moreover, we want to look ahead by getting insights into the state of low-carbon technologies - like the project „Carbon2Chem“ which aims to use emissions from steel production as raw material for chemicals.

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to Apr 27

REINVENTERs at Energy Transition Platform

REINVENT's Stefan  Lechtenböhmer and Daniel Vallentin will take part in the Energy Transition Platform – Innovation Lab workshop. 

Stefan Lechtenböhmer will present on 'Innovative industry action and the role of governments' and Daniel Vallentin on 'Factors for successful industry engagement'.

The full programme can he found here.



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5:00 PM17:00

Towards fossil-free steel. Stefan Lechtenböhmer takes part in the panel discussion at the European Parliament

On 21st February, HYBRIT (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology), a joint-venture between SSAB, LKAB, and Vattenfall will celebrate its official launch in the European Parliament with a presentation of its breakthrough project.

Stefan Lechtenböhmer from REINVENT will participate in the panel discussion that is part of the event.

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1:00 PM13:00

Deep Decarbonisation of Materials Processing Industries

On 10 November 2017, in Bonn, REINVENT took part in 'Deep Decarbonisation of Materials Processing Industries', organised by Wuppertal Institute.

The conference explored the current state of knowledge and provided a comprehensive overview of existing activities in the EU, states and regions as well as industries and associations worldwide. More information is available here: (in English)

- (in German)

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