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GIE self-assessment tool

Self-Assessment Tool

Welcome to the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) for gaseous industrial effluents (GIEs) of the European Commission.

The European Union is aiming at decreasing its greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating the economic growth and increasing resource efficiency. There is a growing need of using more sustainable alternatives for fossil feedstocks.

Specifically, the following three types of feedstock are considered:

  • Biomass from agriculture and forestry;
  • Waste from farms, municipalities, sewage sludge, agri-food industry, and paper & pulp industry;
  • Gaseous Industrial Effluents, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), and hydrogen (H2).

The European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has, as part of its services of the European Sustainable Chemicals Support Service (ESCSS), published the SAT on biomass and waste in an earlier phase. These SATs can be found here: Recently, EASME launched a project with special emphasis on facilitating the recovery of gaseous industrial effluents (GIEs). This project builds upon an earlier phase that helped regions to take advantage of domestically available feedstocks. The current project focuses specifically on GIEs as these are the least developed alternative feedstock and as the recovery and utilization of GIEs as an alternative feedstock for chemicals production requires new forms of cross-sectoral cooperation ("industrial symbiosis").

Gaseous industrial effluents (GIEs), that are currently typically emitted into the atmosphere or captured from the flue gas by scrubbing, can potentially be used to produce more sustainable chemicals. In this project Ecofys, TNO, Sheffield University and WAAT aim to develop a Roadmap on the recovery and utilization of gaseous industrial effluents in which the opportunities for recovery and utilization of GIEs in the European Union will be explored in detail. Furthermore, the Roadmap will identify measures to stimulate the circularity of GIEs in the chemical sector, while boosting economic growth in the most promising regions. The Roadmap will focus on emissions that are produced in industrial installations, where recovery and utilization could well be possible, and for which in some cases future reduction targets apply. Based on these criteria, carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx) and hydrogen (H2) are selected to be studied in detail.

The SAT will help you to conduct a first assessment of the investment readiness level (IRL) in your region concerning sustainable chemical production. 'Sustainable chemical production' is the use of alternative raw materials to produce chemical products. These alternative raw materials are different from traditional fossil-based ones.

This SAT is focused on GIEs and will carry out this first assessment of the current situation in your region through the following eight key factors:

  1. GIE availability: Is there a sufficient availability of GIEs in the region?
  2. GIE usage: Is there a technical possibility of using GIEs in existing processes in the region?
  3. Infrastructure: Is there experience with the transport of chemical substances in the region?
  4. Access to finance: Would it be feasible to finance a GIE recovery and utilization project in the region?
  5. Knowledge base: Is there local expertise on how to deploy a GIE recovery and utilization project in the region?
  6. Political support: Is there political support to deploy a GIE recovery and utilization project in the region?
  7. Thriving business community: Is the local business community willing to cooperate to deploy a GIE recovery and utilization project?
  8. Industrial symbiosis: Are there opportunities to incorporate the GIE recovery and utilization in the existing business?

This final project description, this report and the roadmap explore the chemical sector's opportunities to recover and utilise Gaseous Industrial Effluents (GIEs, i.e., CO2, CO, NOx, SOx and H2)  in the EU. Specifically, by mapping GIE availability and exploring the techno-economic and environmental performance of recovery and utilisation technologies. The documents also give recommendations to the European Commission to stimulate the circularity of GIEs in the chemical sector. Finally, they support European regions looking to recover and utilise GIEs, amongst others, through an online Self-Assessment Tool.

Disclaimer: No rights can be derived from the Self-Assessment Tool. While the Self-Assessment Tool has been composed with the greatest care, the European Commission, Ecofys, and Navigant, do not make any representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, and/or the suitability of the data and information. The European Commission, Ecofys, and Navigant, will not accept liability for any damage, direct or indirect, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, (the use of) the Self-Assessment Tool.