REINVENT organised a stakeholder workshop on Closed Loop Biogenic Carbon Economy, hosted by the European Environmental Agency in Copenhagen, involving experts from the industry, policy and research.
Tobian Nielsen took part in “Japan-Europe Dialogue 2019, Pathway to Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution – Toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals”, representing STEPS and REINVENT, the two sister projects that address decarbonisation of plastics.
REINVENT’s Johannes Stripple and Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson are part of the group that organised the wonderful and thought-provoking Carbon Ruins exhibition in Lund. REINVENT’s researchers (Valentin Vogl, Jacob Hasselbalch, Paul G Raven, Fredric Bauer and Karl Holmberg) have also contributed to this exhibition with knowledge and insights from their work.
REINVENTers Bregje van Veelen (Durham University) and Mark Cooper (UC Davis, previously Lund University) are organising a session titled Realising transformative climate economies? The place(s) of green finance in the Anthropocene.
They are involved in Chapter 11, devoted to industry, and Chapter 3, devoted to mitigation pathways compatible with long-term goals, respectively.
REINVENT’s stakeholder workshop took place at PBL in the Hague, bringing together modellers, industry stakeholders and REINVENT.
Co-hosted by EASME, the initiative IN4climate.NRW and REINVENT, this event held in Brussels explores the coevolution of steel, plastics, and other sectors and the new interdependencies that may develop when moving to a fossil-free and closed-carbon loop economy.
Lars J Nilsson will take part in Climate leadership: European industry at the forefront, organised by the HYBRIT initiative as part of the EU Industry Days.
On 10 January a team of Reinvent researchers from Lund University participated in a webinar hosted by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (unpri.org) for their investor working group on plastics.
REINVENT workshop: Understanding Innovation Dynamics for Low-Carbon Transitions in Resource-Intensive Industries
It will take place in Brussels, involving REINVENTERs, policy-makers and industry stakeholders. This workshops connects to the innovation case studies we are currently conducting, across sectors and their value chains.
It 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.
REINVENT’s coordinator Lars J Nilsson moderated the panel debate titled ‘Lowering the climate impact of plastic materials’, held at Lund University and organised by EIT Climate-KIC. The video from this event is available here.
Lars J Nilsson (ULUND), Ernst Worrell (UU) and Mariësse van Sluisveld (PBL) from REINVENT have attended the LIFE platform meeting on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries in Utrecht, the Netherlands (26-27 September 2018).
The meeting is hosted by LIFE OPTIMELT (http://lifeoptimelt.com/announcement.htm), a project that is recovering waste heat in glass manufacturing, and is organised in cooperation with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA).
The two-day gathering will include plenary sessions on the policy context, industry commitments and technological solutions; workshops; a poster session; and field visits to the OPTIMELT project at the Libbey Leerdam glassware factory and Tata Steel’s Horizon 2020 project, HIsarna, both in the Netherlands.
Lars has presented in the session on EU-level policies on energy-intensive industries, GHG emission reduction and energy efficiency. To download a copy of the agenda, click here.
Cambridge, 5 September 2018
Lars J Nilsson, the project coordinator of REINVENT, attended the Advisory Board meeting of another Horizon 2020 programme, INNOPATHS. He held a speech titled ‘Decarbonisation policy landscape – key developments and impending issues’. This meeting marks a close collaboration between two Horizon 2020 projects.
Energy Geography – economic development potentials from innovation in energy systems, markets, and strategies
REINVENT’s Teis Hansen, together with Fabian Faller (Kiel University) organised a special session at the 5th Global Conference on Economic Geography in Cologne, Germany, titled Energy Geography – economic development potentials from innovation in energy systems, markets, and strategies. It consisted of two sessions with many interesting papers.
The papers were based on the following call for papers:
The spatial organisation of power generation related processes is rapidly changing: production of energy is more and more decentralised due to renewable energy deployment; R&D for energy technologies is more and more decentralised, as various new SMEs enter the market around the world; and energy policy and strategies are more and more an inter- and supranational concern. Embedded in the western capitalist system this new energy geography is widely seen as growth opportunity for local and regional economies, as it supports the carbon decoupling of energy production, potentially allowing for sustainable industrial production, green mobility, as well as new regional value chains and energy markets. Still, we know little about the actual drivers of the new energy geography and its impact on economic development, including when and how regions may benefit in both economic and environmental terms; the relative importance of energy technology development and deployment activities in instigating economic development in different contexts; the multiple types of actors that may transform the opportunities offered by the new energy geography into economic development in various forms; and the potential deficiencies of ongoing transformations in the energy sector.
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.
Picture by Warmuth / ÖGUT (2018)
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
More information: http://program.almedalsveckan.info/event/user-view/52097.
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.
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 Economy) community, 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: https://www.eceee.org/industry/programme/.
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.