Sustainable Industry Lab (SIL) Report: Basic industry can produce in a climate-neutral and circular manner by 2050


The basic industry in the Netherlands can achieve climate-neutral and circular production by 2050, concludes the Sustainable Industry Lab (SIL) in the report “Green Choices for the Dutch Basic Industry,” which involved collaboration from scientists and experts from the industry, environmental movement, and government, led by Gert Jan Kramer, professor of sustainable energy supply at Utrecht University and chairman of the Sustainable Industry Lab.

The report highlights the favorable geographic location of the Netherlands, especially the North Sea for wind energy, and states that the expected 70 gigawatts of wind turbines will significantly contribute to the green energy supply. Challenges such as space usage and the integration of new technologies are acknowledged. Hydrogen is identified as playing a crucial role in the energy transition, while circularity and CCS are seen as important elements for achieving climate goals without compromising competitive position. The report emphasizes the need for technical, economic insights, and active participation in a circular economy.

“The industry must redesign its production processes and take scarcity into account. A climate-neutral and circular society must learn to live within limits. This requires choices, nationally, but also globally.”
Green Choices for the Dutch Basic Industry, page 8

Sustainable Industry Lab (SIL)

The Sustainable Industry Lab (SIL) is a research initiative focused on the transition to a climate-neutral and circular basic industry. SIL explores new technologies, processes, and policy strategies to make the industrial sector more sustainable, with a focus on collaboration between businesses, government, and academic institutions.

Testimonial Gert Jan Kramer

In October 2022, Gert Jan Kramer wrote the testimonial for the Brightsite newsletter, which was dedicated to the ‘Chemelot Integrated Model System’ (CIMS). In it, he states that although the path to a climate-neutral, circular industry is not always clear, models have long served as an important compass on this journey.