The
Sustainable
Industry
Lab

The Sustainable Industry Lab (SIL) distills important choices and their consequences of the industrial sustainable transformation between 2020 and 2050. By means of synthesizing academic and expert knowledge, SIL aims to improve the quality of the societal and political debate to reach a carbon neutral Dutch industry by 2050.

SIL furthermore aims to reach this goal by realizing a visualization of possible industry futures, fitting into the global sustainability agenda as well as the Dutch economic aspirations. Over the next five years, SIL will work on academic and policy papers, informing society and policy makers on the consequences of certain choices.

Vision
Our vision is the acceleration of the industrial transformation that matches national economic aspirations with the global sustainability agenda.

Mission
Our mission is to:

  • · articulate and visualize consequences of important choices
    by combining academic and expert knowledge;
  • · raise the level of societal and political debate on the choices
    related to the transformation of Dutch industry;
  • · imagine and visualize the futures implied by the choices.

Focus of the Sustainable Industry Lab
The central focus of the Sustainable Industry Lab is to articulate choices and consequences to reach a carbon neutral Dutch industry by 2050. The activities and deliverables are organized around five themes.

Five themes of The Sustainable Industry Lab. Clockwise: Governance for the industrial transformation / A fair sustainable industrial transformation / Social earning capacity and sustainable investments / The Dutch carbon cycle / Renewable energy for industry Five themes of The Sustainable Industry Lab. Clockwise: Governance for the industrial transformation / A fair sustainable industrial transformation / Social earning capacity and sustainable investments / The Dutch carbon cycle / Renewable energy for industry

Clockwise: Governance for the industrial transformation / A fair sustainable industrial transformation / Social earning capacity and sustainable investments / The Dutch carbon cycle / Renewable energy for industry

Renewable energy for industry
The theme renewable energy for industry focuses on the future renewable energy resources for industry in the Netherlands, addressing the challenge that the Netherlands has a comparatively large and energy-intensive industrial sector that domestic renewables are primarily electric (wind and solar) and constrained by competition for land and offshore use.

The Dutch carbon cycle
The Dutch carbon cycle theme looks at the interplay between the energy transition and the ambition for a circular economy. In our industry, in particular the petrochemical industry, these ambitions tie together in ways that are as yet poorly understood.

Social earning capacity and sustainable investments
Dutch industry is essential for the social earning capacity. To align the global sustainability agenda with Dutch economic aspirations sustainable investments must be enabled. This theme explores the ambitions for a carbon-neutral Dutch industrial portfolio by 2050, possible investment pathways and conditions for future-proof and responsible business cases.

Governance for the industrial transformation
Governance, or the public-private organization of the energy transition, is essential for a successful industrial transformation. In this theme we explore questions such as: Who bears the responsibility to enable, accelerate or enforce climate policy and actions? At which governmental level, international, European or national, can we best regulate or create policy instruments?

A fair sustainable industrial transformation

The concept of the fair energy transition bridges the gap between traditional techno-economical decision-making and the societal implications. In this theme we explore how the sustainable industrial transformation creates impacts on different groups, such as employees and employers, businesses, local residents, governments and societal and environmental organizations. We also study how potentially negative impacts can be reasonably mitigated.

Organization and funding
The Sustainable Industry Lab consists of a board, a supervisory board and a member group of the Sustainable Industry Lab. The board decides how to allocate funding and is in charge of pursuing new funding opportunities. It is moreover responsible for the daily management of the two works streams. A supervisory board, consisting of representatives from government, research, industry and NGO’s, oversees the activities of the board, advises on annual research plans, and approves annual financial and performance reports. The member group, consisting of academics and experts, collaborate on research projects within the main research themes, stakeholder process and creative work stream.

Floor Alkemade, TU Eindhoven

Floor Alkemade
TU Eindhoven
BIOGRAPHY

Bert Bosman, SABIC

Bert Bosman
SABIC
BIOGRAPHY

Pieter Bruijnincx, Utrecht University

Pieter Bruijnincx
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Hans Coenen, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

Hans Coenen
Gasunie
BIOGRAPHY

Heleen de Coninck, TU Eindhoven

Heleen de Coninck
TU Eindhoven
BIOGRAPHY

Eefje Cuppen, Leiden University

Eefje Cuppen
Leiden University
BIOGRAPHY

Nico van Dooren, Port of Rotterdam

Nico van Dooren
Port of Rotterdam
BIOGRAPHY

André Faaij, TNO/Utrecht University

André Faaij
TNO/Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Albert Faber, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate

Albert Faber
Min. EZK
BIOGRAPHY

Olof van der Gaag, NVDE

Olof van der Gaag
NVDE
BIOGRAPHY

Carolien Gehrels, Arcadis

Carolien Gehrels
Arcadis
BIOGRAPHY

Liesbeth van de Grift, Utrecht University

Liesbeth van de Grift
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Gert-Jan Gruter, University of Amsterdam

Gert-Jan Gruter
University of Amsterdam
BIOGRAPHY

Joyeeta Gupta, University of Amsterdam

Joyeeta Gupta
University of Amsterdam
BIOGRAPHY

Folmer de Haan, Rli

Folmer de Haan
Rli
BIOGRAPHY

Robert Haffner, Air Liquide

Robert Haffner
Air Liquide
BIOGRAPHY

Annelies Huygen, Utrecht University/TNO

Annelies Huygen
Utrecht University/TNO
BIOGRAPHY

Wouter Jongepier, Hexion

Wouter Jongepier
Hexion
BIOGRAPHY

Petra de Jongh, Utrecht University

Petra de Jongh
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Tjeerd Jongsma, ISPT

Tjeerd Jongsma
ISPT
BIOGRAPHY

Jan Jonker, Radboud University

Jan Jonker
Radboud University
BIOGRAPHY

Martin Junginger, Utrecht University

Martin Junginger
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Sander Kes, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate

Sander Kes
Min. EZK
BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Emmy Ruiter, VEMW

Gertjan Lankhorst
VEMW
BIOGRAPHY

Coby van der Linde, CIEP

Coby van der Linde
CIEP
BIOGRAPHY

Wouter Meiring, Shell

Wouter Meiring
Shell
BIOGRAPHY

Enrico Partiti, Tilburg University

Enrico Partiti
Tilburg University
BIOGRAPHY

Michèlle Prins, Natuur & Milieu

Michèlle Prins
Natuur & Milieu
BIOGRAPHY

Marie-Thérèse Rooijackers, Utrecht University

Marie-Thérèse Rooijackers
FNV
BIOGRAPHY

Richard van de Sanden, TU Eindhoven

Richard van de Sanden
TU Eindhoven
BIOGRAPHY

Mark Sanders, Maastricht University

Mark Sanders
Maastricht University
BIOGRAPHY

Werner Schouten, Youth Climate Movement

Werner Schouten
JKB
BIOGRAPHY

Behnam Taebi, Utrecht University

Behnam Taebi
TU Delft
BIOGRAPHY

Diana Visser, Corbion

Diana Visser
Corbion
BIOGRAPHY

Ester van der Voet, Leiden University

Ester van der Voet
Leiden University
BIOGRAPHY

Eelco Vogt, Utrecht University

Eelco Vogt
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Ernst Worrel, Utrecht University

Ernst Worrell
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Sanne Akerboom, Utrecht University

Sanne Akerboom (director)
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Gert Jan Kramer, Utrecht University

Gert Jan Kramer (chair)
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Emmy Ruiter, Utrecht University

Emmy Ruiter
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Manon Bloemer, VNCI

Manon Bloemer
VNCI
BIOGRAPHY

Pieter Boot, BL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Pieter Boot
PBL
BIOGRAPHY

Marjolein Demmers, Natuur & Milieu

Marjolein Demmers
Natuur & Milieu
BIOGRAPHY

Wilco Hazeleger, Utrecht University

Wilco Hazeleger (chair)
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Bert Weckhuysen, Utrecht University

Bert Weckhuysen
Utrecht University
BIOGRAPHY

Funding
The Sustainable Industry Lab is funded through external partners with a budget of € 800.000 for five years (2021-2025)1. Additionally, commitments to contribute to the Sustainable Industry Lab member group and related activities have been secured from government representatives, industrial companies, academics, other research partners and NGO’s.

  • 1. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has formally awarded a subsidy for five years of € 700.000. The remaining subsidy of € 100.000 will be contributed by VNCI, VNCI, VNP, VEMW and Nogepa.

Stichting The Sustainable Industry Lab

Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB Utrecht,
The Netherlands
P.O. Box 80.115, 3508 TC Utrecht,
The Netherlands

Email: info@sustainableindustrylab.nl
Chamber of Commerce: 80381375

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