New Roadmap for the Dutch Chemical Industry towards 2050

Published: 07/03/2018

With innovation, it is technically possible for the Dutch chemical industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. The sector could achieve these emission reductions, while continuing to grow its added value by 1% per year. These are key findings of the 2050 Roadmap Ecofys, a Navigant company, and Berenschot prepared for the Dutch Chemical Industry Association (VNCI).

Today, the leading authors and VNCI presented the roadmap to Eric Wiebes, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate. Ecofys, a Navigant company, based the study on an extensive analysis of options, including alternative feedstocks (e.g. biomass), electrification using renewable power, and closing the carbon cycle (e.g. recycling of plastics and carbon capture & utilization (CCU)), and carbon capture & storage (CCS).

The study also identifies the significant investment that will be needed to realise the targeted emission reduction by 2050. The investment required is expected to be around EUR 63 billion, which is comprised of around EUR 26 billion to be invested in the chemical industry, and around EUR 37 billion in the energy system.

Learn more in the VNCI press release [Dutch]  and download the study.