REINVENT workshop: Understanding Innovation Dynamics for Low-Carbon Transitions in Resource-Intensive Industries
Nov
29
9:30 AM09:30

REINVENT workshop: Understanding Innovation Dynamics for Low-Carbon Transitions in Resource-Intensive Industries

REINVENT’s workshop, titled Understanding Innovation Dynamics for Low-Carbon Transitions in Resource-Intensive Industries, 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. The workshop is devoted to learning from innovation case studies to create new pathways to decarbonisation. 

See the programme here.

If you are interested to join us please contact helena.moelter@wupperinst.org

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REINVENT at COP24 side events
Dec
5
to Dec 12

REINVENT at COP24 side events

REINVENT’s Stefan Lechtehböhmer (Wuppertal Institute) is organising and taking part in three side events at COP24 in Katowice:

  • The industrial contribution to a GHG neutral economy

    5 December 2018. 10:00-12:30, EU Pavilion

    Stefan will give a keynote speech, titled Mitigation pathways and strategies for industry and the role of regions and take part in the panel discussion.

  • Are "system transitions" consistent with 1.5°C global warming possible?

    6 December 2018. 13:00-14:30, Japan Pavilion

    Here, Stefan’s speech is titled Transition of energy intensive processing industries: How do we deal with the hard core of GHG emissions?

  • Climate protection in industry

    12 December 2018. 12:00-14:00, offside (Column Hall at Voivodship of Silesia)
    Organised by MWIDE
    Stefan will moderate the presentation of Minister Professor Pinkwart.

    Climate protection in industry, while improving competitiveness, is an emerging and challenging topic, which can be one of the main game changers in successful climate action. Innovative product development and climate friendly production processes are key for modernising the industry sector and make use of future market opportunities.

    State governments around the world are working towards transferring traditional industries into a sustainable future, ensuring global competitiveness, long-term economic success and secure jobs. In this event, three regional governments will present their approach to supporting industry in this innovation process.

    North Rhine-Westphalia will present its new initiative IN4climate.NRW, which pools knowhow from both science and the energy-intensive industry to fuel research on cross-sectoral fields and identify solutions that add to climate protection and industrial competitiveness. Subsequently, industry representatives will present examples from practice.

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Financing low-carbon transitions. An innovative session at the Earth System Governance Conference
Nov
5
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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Lowering the climate impact of plastic materials
Oct
11
3:00 PM15:00

Lowering the climate impact of plastic materials

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 now available here.

The themes discussed included reduced consumption, recycling, bioplastics and policies to facilitate the transition towards a more sustainable plastic system. The debate was attended by over 120 people.

Panelists: Alberto Bellini (University of Bologna), Holger Berg (Wuppertal Institute), Rajni Hatti-Kaul, Professor (Lund University), Karl Edsjö (Electrolux), Linda Zellner (Perstorp AB), Pau Huguet Ferran (Ecomatters), Peter Andersson (General Plastics Scandinavia)

Moderator: Lars J Nilsson (Lund University)

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LIFE platform meeting on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries
Sep
26
to Sep 27

LIFE platform meeting on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries

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.

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Collaboration with INNOPATHS
Sep
5
8:00 AM08:00

Collaboration with INNOPATHS

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.

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Energy Geography – economic development potentials from innovation in energy systems, markets, and strategies
Jul
24
to Jul 28

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.

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EUCalc industry expert workshop, Vienna
Jul
10
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.

Read more here

Picture by Warmuth / ÖGUT (2018)

 

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REINVENT at Almedalen. Transition to sustainable plastic – what, how and who.
Jul
4
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.


Contributors
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.

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REINVENTers at the Industrial Efficiency Conference
Jun
12
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.

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: https://www.eceee.org/industry/programme/

 

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Teis Hansen gives a keynote at 7th International Bioeconomy Conference
Jun
6
to Jun 7

Teis Hansen gives a keynote at 7th International Bioeconomy Conference

REINVENT’s Teis Hansen gave a keynote at the 7th International Bioeconomy Conference, titled Key challenges for commercialisation of forest-based biorefineries (see the full programme here). It was held at ScienceCampus Halle. It was held by the German National Academy of Sciences, Halle, Germany. 

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Transition to a low carbon society, Lund University
May
21
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.
https://www.iiiee.lu.se/event/transition-to-a-low-carbon-society

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REINVENT visit to ThyssenKrupp's steel plant
May
14
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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REINVENTERs at Energy Transition Platform
Apr
25
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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Towards fossil-free steel. Stefan Lechtenböhmer takes part in the panel discussion at the European Parliament
Feb
28
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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Deep Decarbonisation of Materials Processing Industries
Nov
10
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:

https://wupperinst.org/en/topics/economy/energyintensive-industry/#c4526 (in English)

- https://wupperinst.org/themen/wirtschaft/energieintensive-industrie/#c4526 (in German)
 

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