“The brand new Dutch climate agreement speaks ambition. The Netherlands want to emit 49% less greenhouse gases in 2030 and structurally 95% less in 2050, compared to the starting year 1990. These are serious targets knowing that every citizen is responsible for the emission of ten tons of CO2 per year. The 300 parties involved – from environmental organizations to governments and sectors like mobility, built environment and industry – will have to initiate actions to reach their respective targets. It is already clear that the industry is facing a tremendous challenge: the technologies required are, in part, not currently known and even if they are known there is still a need to scale-up, implement and develop revenue models.
According to the current agreement the industrial sector can, for the time being, apply some temporary solutions including carbon capture and storage (CCS), where CO2 emission is prevented by capture and sub-surface storage. At the same time, the industry will have to come up with actions that are more difficult and that actually prevent large scale CO2 production. More than that: they will likely have to be able to capture large amounts of CO2 from the air and chemically convert it into commercially-viable carbon-based products, so-called carbon capture and utilization (CCU).
In the ARC CBBC research consortium, public and private parties are together making it possible to reduce the CO2-footprint of the chemical industry. Together, we stand for sharp, strategic choices: we explicitly want to pursue research with impact in science, industry and society, thereby strengthening the knowledge position and competitiveness of the Netherlands. We are therefore happy to start with our first two flagship projects, in which we are developing paint from bio-waste and catalysts that will directly lower the energy need of the chemical industry. Given the large scale of these two applications, they have the potential to contribute significantly to the climate ambitions for 2050.”