As part of the national Climate Agreement, the Dutch government has set up 13 Multi-annual Mission-driven Innovation Programmes (MMIPs). These programmes set out the innovation requirements that will be necessary to achieve the objectives of the agreement. With its extensive expertise in researching and developing innovative sustainable technologies for industrial applications, the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology has been actively participating in the discussions leading up to the Climate Agreement. Our network was involved in writing some of the MMIPs and we also aim to play a significant role in their execution, emphasizing the contribution of industrial players in the transition to a CO2-neutral future.

The Dutch Climate Agreement on industry

The Dutch Climate Agreement was presented on June 28. The chapter on industry counts no less than 33 pages, so we made a summary.

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Accelerating innovation

Innovation is seen as a key theme within the Climate Agreement. This has led to an Integrated Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (IKIA), which describes the knowledge and innovation that will be necessary to achieve the goals of the agreement. This extensive innovation programme consists of 5 missions and 13 MMIPs that define specific development goals, guiding the industry and other relevant parties in their investment and R&D efforts with regard to sustainable innovation.

Climate Agreement - Missions and MMIPs

 

For many years, the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology has been working on its mission of a circular industry by 2050. As an open innovation platform, we connect industry, innovative startups, knowledge centres and government. Of IKIA’s missions and MMIPs, the third mission and at least three MMIPs are particularly relevant for ISPT and our partners:

Mission C: Climate-neutral and at least 80% circular industrial raw materials, products and processes

  • MMIP 6: Closing industrial cycles
  • MMIP 7: CO2-neutral industrial heating system
  • MMIP 8: Electrification and radically renewed processes

In addition, MMIP 11, which poses the challenge of climate-neutral food production, and the overarching MMIP 13, which deals with issues such as spatial planning, power-to-molecules and large-scale energy storage. All these MMIPs are closely connected to ISPT’s programmes.

Although the impact and use of hydrogen does not have its own MMIP, there is a working group that safeguards hydrogen applications within the various missions. With its Hydrohub programme, ISPT is working hard to realise its ambition to make affordable renewable hydrogen available to industry on a large scale.

The role of ISPT in setting up and executing the MMIPs

The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology embraces the mission-driven approach initiated by the Dutch government. It will help to accelerate the energy transition and circularity initiatives, and ensure that government subsidies are well spent on targeted initiatives. Our network is involved in writing some of the MMIPs, which will be completed in the course of the year. At the same time, we believe it is important not to lose sight of the specific needs and interests of our industrial partners. That is why, when it comes to executing the MMIPs, we aim to safeguard and align these interests, thus ensuring well-timed and well-targeted steps.