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CO2 Smart Grid

CO2 Smart Grid

A collective of 28 ambitious parties (newest partners EBN and Gasunie!) is working on the world's first CO2 smart grid.

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Making business and reducing emissions

We face some serious challenges regarding the complex transitions our society has to go through. Reducing the large emission of CO2 into the atmosphere is a major one.

A huge opportunity

How will we provide food to growing cities with a shrinking amount of agricultural land? How can we provide enough fresh water for everyone? Just as relevant: how should we make the transfer to a safe, clean and reliable energy supply?

The large amount of CO2 put into the atmosphere because of human activity causes climate change, threatening our quality of life and security and that of future generations. This has been acknowledged by (inter)national governments – for instance at the COP21 in Paris in 2015 -; They pledge large emission reductions. In the Netherlands, we aim for a reduction of 85-95 percent by the year 2050.

So, we have to reduce CO2 by expansive measures, and everyone should feel the responsibility to work on this challenge as effectively as possible. However, perceiving this issue as only a problem, by incrementally reducing CO2, will not lead to a satisfying end result. We should instead approach this as a huge opportunity for the Dutch economy. Our statement?

CO2 is not only a potentially dangerous waste material, it is also a important asset for the circular economy.

What is the situation?

What is the situation?

CO2 is a raw material in for instance the horticulture and the chemical industry. This is a business case with growth potential.

What do we want to do?

What do we want to do?

Use CO2 in a smart way so we can reduce the use of raw materials of fossil origin.

How do we want to do that?

How do we want to do that?

Develop a smart network that connects sources, buffers and users of CO2. This is the CO2 Smart Grid.

What does that look like?

What does that look like?

The western part of the Netherlands offers a perfect opportunity to start this transformation. Multiple large industrial facilities produce CO2 that can be contained. An underground infrastructure already delivers considerable amounts of CO2 to large clusters of greenhouses, where it is used for cultivating food. That infrastructure can efficiently be enlarged, and expanded with a few comprehensive buffers. The vicinity of Europe’s 1st and 4th largest harbors, the emerging spectrum of CO2 applications (for agriculture, biochemicals, biofuels, and construction materials) and the right public pressure provides the perfect window of opportunity for the world’s first CO2 smart grid.

And now?

With an inspiring collective of twenty-eight ambitious parties – public, private and non-profit –, we are working hard to use this unique momentum and skillfully move towards a realization of this state-of-the-art network. For a cleaner energy supply, for a sustainable industry and for a future-proof Dutch economy!

More information?

Download our position paper, that explains our views and plans further.

Download our presskit, for high resolution pictures and the press release.

Download the report by Ecofys stating that this initiative had the largest impact on CO2 emission reduction during the Klimaatop 2016.

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Sincerely, the partners of the CO2 Smart Grid.

Sincerely, the partners of the CO2 Smart Grid.
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