ECN publication
Four European futures for the Rijnmond Industrial Megasite : Innovations for a green and efficient process industry
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Energy Efficiency in Industry 1-2-2006
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-C--06-011 ECN publication
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The impact of different directions in which the global (energy) economy could develop on the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Rotterdam Rijnmond area is assessed, using four general energy scenarios developed at ECN. The objective of the study is to investigate how different technologies, which are currently being developed, can play a role in the future chemical and petrochemical industry in the area. It is important to investigate if implementation of technologies is feasible and if their implementation contributes to (future) policy goals. In doing so the study not only considers different visions of the future Rijnmond area, but also the role of the complex process of transition toward such an energy system. The chemical and petrochemical industry is a global industry. Developing the region in a specific direction does not only require a strategic vision but also attracting (further) investments to realise a transition. In doing so the Rijnmond area competes with many other different locations. The comparative advantages (and disadvantage) of the Rijnmond area depend strongly on the scenario chosen. The scenarios represent different developments on two axes representing the stability of energy prices (in particular oil prices) and the success of the international energy policy (quantifiable in terms of CO2 prices). Consequences of the four resulting scenarios for the Rijnmond area are elaborated by determining (1) strengths and weaknesses, (2) plausible strategies and (3) storylines for the Rijnmond in each of the scenarios.

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