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.
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)
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.
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:
The biannual REINVENT programme meeting took place in Utrecht 16-17 May 2017, bringing together all the participants, the Advisory Board and stakeholders. As part of the meeting, a Critical drivers workshop involving all these groups was held.