Energy and climate policy to unlock investments: an holistic strategy
May 28th, 2014
MEXICO CITY: In 2010, I published the report “Barriers to investment in energy saving technologies: case study for the energy intensive chemical industry in the Netherlands”. This study assessed the potential energy efficiency savings that the Dutch ethylene, chlorine and polyethylene industry could reach [back in those days] under the premise that technological improvements were adopted. Additionally, the report also looked at main corporate barriers to invest in energy saving measures.
The report was finished around May 2010 and was published by the Energy Research centre of the Netherlands (ECN, https://www.ecn.nl/publicaties/default.aspx?nr=ECN-O–10-022) two months later. The report was also uploaded into Utrecht University’s Library (http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/44453).
Back then, I wrote a chapter on potential policy instruments that could be adopted to boost energy efficiency improvements in the Dutch chemical industry. This chapter was never part of neither the project nor the ultimate product. However, I always wanted to release it as a complement to that peer reviewed report.
Hoping that this unpublished chapter serves as a source of general information for people close to/ interested in the energy efficiency field, I publish it now in my personal blog as part of the collection of materials that I have been writing since 2013.
This piece should not be seen whatsoever as part of the peer reviewed and published report. However, it might be helpful to further understand the possibilities that [from a policy perspective] the chemical industry –in general- might have to realize ambitious energy savings.
Tabaré A. Currás
Advisor on Energy economics
WWF-Global Climate and Energy Initiative
Mexico City – MEX