Climate agreement, the industrial sector

Circulair Mainframe

In the summer of 2018, the outline of the Dutch climate agreement was offered to Minister Wiebes. In this report the first steps and intentions of the CO2 reduction measures until 2030 and the transition path to a CO2-neutral society in 2050 are described. The Climate Agreement amounts to one of the biggest tasks for spatial planning in the coming decades.

StudioMarcoVermeulen has contributed to a coherent spatial development and summary of the results of the sector table Industry, on behalf of the ministries of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

The transition to a circular economy and the exchange of energy flows such as residual heat, CO2, biogas, electricity, hydrogen and biomass require new infrastructures or the smart reuse of existing infrastructures and pipelines. For many of these future systems, scaling up leads to a more robust and efficient system (economy of scale). Combining these systems and associated infrastructures makes spatial integration easier and often possible in existing pipeline routes or along motorways. This makes it possible to envisage a 'circular mainframe' that will be create optimal spatial conditions for the establishment of biochemical industry, greenhouse horticulture, businesses and possibly even for the, still to be realized, one million extra houses. This creates the impression that the spatial geography of future flows of renewable energy and raw materials largely coincides with the current geography of fossil flows. This main structure for the exchange of raw materials and energy will function as a spatial framework for sustainable developments and transformations and possibly even accelerate them.

Spatial experts have been involved in all different sectors from the beginning. With reason; the Climate Agreement amounts to one of the largest tasks for spatial planning in the coming decades. The impact of the transition on the physical environment is great.
Together with various spatial designers (Fabrications, H + N + S Landscape Architects, Bright | The Cloud Collective, Generation.Energy and APPM) we have mapped out the spatial effects of the intended measures in a summarizing bookwork. This book can be downloaded here.

In the autumn of 2018 we will continue to develop the Circular Mainframe and the transition path to a low-emission industry to 2050.


ir. Marco Vermeulen, ir. Bram Willemse, ir. Joost van der Waal

Energy transition
Industrial symbiosis

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Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

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