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EmInInn Details

A Collabarative Research Project of the 7th Framework Programme

Theme: ENV.2011.3.1.9-3
Macro-level indicators to monitor the environmental impact of innovation

Project Duration:
01/11/2011 - 31/05/2015

Dr. Philipp Schepelmann
Project Manager

Research Group Material Flows and Resource Management

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Döppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal

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WP5 WEBINAR: Is Internet an Eco-Innovation?

Date: January 29, 1pm CET Address: Log-in details will follow upon registration

Constantly decreasing ICT hardware prices by exponentially increasing capabilities translate into increasing levels of consumption of electronic products. This is highly relevant for policies that may address any of the stages in the life cycle of such products. The aim of the webinar is to address the question whether the ICT/Internet system qualify as an eco-innovation? The webinar will focus on case studies on innovation in the broader Internet system of innovation. We will present bottom-up and top-down methodological approaches (looking at the physical Internet (frontend, backend, networks) or Internet-based applications), analyse the data availability and modelling isues. During this webinar we discuss the lessons learnt from the project, which should benefit people in policy, research, industry, or simple Internet users with an interest in eco-innovation and impact assessment.

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WP8 WORKSHOP: Innovation in waste management: Linking the 'circular economy' and the 'waste hierarchy'

Date: November 26, 2014 11:15 - 17:10 Address: Innopoli 2, Espoo, Finland

The workshop will address the macro environmental effects of the diffusion of non-landfill waste management technologies for MSW by adopting an LCA approach. During this session, the participants will explore possible changing pressures from shifting to non-landfill MSW management technologies. The presentations will focus on observed ex post trends (1996-2011) and on ex ante scenarios (2012-2030 and beyond). The experts and guests are invited to discuss policy and economic implications of (saved) external costs from shifting to non-landfill MSW management technologies.

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Date: November 13, 2014 12:00 - 17:00 Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London 30 John Islip St, Westminster

This workshop examines approaches that incorporate life-cycle emissions into long-term energy systems scenario analysis. Energy system models, scenario-based LCA and environmentally-extended CGE models are all used to examine the potential long-term carbon impacts arising from the energy system and from the diffusion of new energy technologies.

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Image 1 - David Joffe, Committee on Climate Change, Imperial College Londone; Paul Ekins, UCL Energy Institute; Philip Sargent, Dept. of Energy and Climate Change

Image 2 - Hannah Daly, University College London

Image 3 - Will McDowall, UCL; Olga Ivanova, TNO

Each approach has both strengths and limitations in this context. For example, energy system models such as MARKAL/TIMES enable optimisation of the energy system over long time horizons, but they lack endogenous representation of emissions associated with the construction and manufacture of energy technologies, and wider macro-economic feedbacks. Scenario-based LCA typically ignores important price-effects and interactions in the energy system. While environmentally-extended CGE models lack the technological detail that is characteristic of scenario-based LCA or bottom-up energy system models. The system boundaries and emissions accounting frameworks of the tools differ, and this has implications for the use and interpretation of the results by policymakers.

This workshop will foster discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of hybrid approaches that bring these tools together. In particular, the EMInInn team will present the results of a project that incorporated indirect emissions into the European TIMES model, to assess the importance of emissions associated with the construction and manufacture of energy technologies in determining optimal energy system pathways.

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Date: June 17, 2014 Address: Lange Voorhout 16, The Hague

The WP7 Workshop entitled "Saving energy in the built environment" took place on June 17, 20014 at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS). It focused on two key presentations and a expert discussion of the macro-environmental impacts of past innovations in buildings and built environment. The workshop presentations covered the results of separate studies related to three challenges related to innovations.

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  1. Innovation diffusions
  2. Effectivity of policies
  3. Effectivity of measures
16:00 Welcome and introductions - Guus Mulder
16:10 What can we learn from the past? European comparison from 1970 till now - Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis
16:30 Modelling for the future? What is the effect of sustainable technologies on the energy efficiency of the built environment - Jeroen Brouwer
17:00 Expert discussion: The way forward? - Moderator: Guus Mulder
17:45 Closing and drinks
Outcomes of the workshop

The research presentation of Rosalinde Klein Woolthuiss described the patterns of how some innovations in specific countries diffuse faster than others, which role different actors play in this diffusion and what effect this has on the spreading of innovative technologies.

Jeroen Brouwer built his presentation on results of a model that looked into the energy reduction of innovations of a single house to average European standards and tried to magnify the effects for the housing stock as a whole and completed the energy reduction simulation values with LCA data for the production of the innovation as well as for the end of life value.

The concluding discussion was built on exchange of ideas between the researchers and policy makers from energy efficiency in the housing and construction sector. Based on questions and issues raised, the session indicated importance of consumption behavior, aspects of rebound effects and differences between considering different types of data for measuring both diffusion of innovations and strong innovative leaps across different European countries.

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