Technical innovations and financial instruments for a circular economy


27 October 2015 – In the project ‘Technical innovations and financial instruments for a circular economy’, Trinomics has carried out for the Dutch Ministry of Environment an analysis of three sectors relevant for a circular economy. These are the plastics, electronical equipment and buildings sector. Three questions were examined in particular: 1) Which innovations are needed in this sector for a circular economy, 2) Which governmental instruments can provide the best incentives for such innovations, and 3) What are recommendations for an optimal application of these instruments, including the need for new instruments? The results of this study are used internally by the Ministry.

Client: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Project timespan: February – May 2015


Energie, klimaat en grondstoffen. Wanneer komt die trendbreuk eindelijk?


January 2015 – Energy, Climate and Resources. When will the Breakthrough Arrive? In this article, which I wrote as a member of the editorial board of the Dutch magazine for international relations ‘Internationale Spectator’, I discuss the international signs for breakthroughs towards a more sustainable situation in the fields of energy, climate and resources. I conclude that, despite many weak and medium signals of changes, a tipping point towards sustainable in neither of the three areas is in sight.
Client: Internationale Spectator
Project timespan: December 2014 – January 2015
Download: Spectatorartikel Trendbreuk

Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions —Prospective Scenarios for the Aluminium Industry in the EU and Iceland


October 2014 – The aim of this project was to perform an in-depth analysis of the technological innovation that could take place in the aluminium sector in the EU and Iceland and a quantification of their impact on the sector’s energy efficiencies, GHG emissions profile and cost-competitiveness up to 2050. Detailed data on available innovations in the European aluminium industry were collected as well as their costs and benefits to be expected. In addition, a comprehensive database with publicly available data on the European aluminium industry was established in order to assess potential effects of innovations on a plant-by-plant basis in a model that was specifically built for this project. The model assesses in detail the likely implementation of new technologies per plant until 2050. It was found that, for three scenarios examined, in particular an increase in secondary production (‘recycling’), rather than changes in electricity or CO2 prices, can influence emissions in a positive way. Triple E Consulting, Rotterdam
Client: JRC Energy, Petten
Project timespan: December 2013 – October 2014
Download: JRC Report Scenarios for the EU Aluminium Industry

Sectorstudies Staal, Chemische Industrie, Cement en Aardolieverwerkende Industrie


September 2013 – Sectorstudies on Impacts of Dutch Climate Policies on the Chemical Industry, Cement Sector, Chemical Industry and Petroleum Refineries. In this project, based on previous experience with sectoral competitiveness studies, factsheets on the influence of climate policies on sectoral competitiveness in the Netherlands were produced. This was done for the steel, cement and petroleum sector as well as for the chemical industry.Triple E Consulting, Rotterdam
Client: Dutch Ministry of Environment IenM
Project timespan: April – September 2013
Download: Trinomics Rapport sectorstudies

Climate adaptation in the cacao and coffee sectors in Peru


January 2014 – The aim of the research was to assess the challenge that climate change presents to the agricultural export sector, with a focus on the coffee and cacao sectors, in Peru. The study focused on the perceptions, experiences and attitudes of rural SMEs about climate variability and risk and its effect on their business operations and overall competitiveness, as well as on the strategies used by SMEs and their suppliers to address climate change and their capacities for investing in mitigation and adaptation. Finally, it identified the needs of SMEs in order to strengthen their capacity to address the threats related to climate variability and change, as well as the related opportunities and provide recommendations for technical assistance that an agency can provide to companies to address selected trade-related climate change issues identified.
Client: United Nations International Trade Council (UN-ITC)
Project timespan: July 2013 – January 2014