Risks and opportunities associated with decarbonising Rotterdam's industrial cluster

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T1 - Risks and opportunities associated with decarbonising Rotterdam's industrial cluster

AU - Schneider, Clemens

AU - Lechtenböhmer, Stefan

AU - Samadi, Sascha

PY - 2019/1/1

Y1 - 2019/1/1

N2 - The Port of Rotterdam is an important industrial cluster, comprising mainly oil refining, chemical production and power generation. In 2016, the port's industry accounted for 19% of the Netherlands’ total CO2 emissions. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is aware that the cluster is heavily exposed to future decarbonisation policies, as most of its activities focus on trading, handling, converting and using fossil fuels. Based on a study for the Port Authority using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods, our article explores three pathways whereby the port's industry can maintain its strong position while significantly reducing its CO2 emissions and related risks by 2050. The pathways differ in terms of the EU's assumed climate change mitigation ambitions and the key technological choices made by the cluster's companies. The focus of the paper is on identifying key risks associated with each scenario and ways in which these could be mitigated.

AB - The Port of Rotterdam is an important industrial cluster, comprising mainly oil refining, chemical production and power generation. In 2016, the port's industry accounted for 19% of the Netherlands’ total CO2 emissions. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is aware that the cluster is heavily exposed to future decarbonisation policies, as most of its activities focus on trading, handling, converting and using fossil fuels. Based on a study for the Port Authority using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods, our article explores three pathways whereby the port's industry can maintain its strong position while significantly reducing its CO2 emissions and related risks by 2050. The pathways differ in terms of the EU's assumed climate change mitigation ambitions and the key technological choices made by the cluster's companies. The focus of the paper is on identifying key risks associated with each scenario and ways in which these could be mitigated.

KW - Chemical industry

KW - Decarbonisation scenarios

KW - Energy-intensive processing industries

KW - Industrial clusters

KW - Low-carbon industry

KW - Mixed-methods approach

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85067364522&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.eist.2019.05.004

DO - 10.1016/j.eist.2019.05.004

M3 - Article

JO - Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

JF - Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

SN - 2210-4224

ER -