Climate, Air and Sustainability

TNO offers solutions for questions on Climate, Air and Sustainability in a context of economical, societal and technological developments and trends in energy supply, industrial production and mobility. The biggest challenge is to prevent side effects on different time scales and geographical scales. TNO has a strong knowledge on technological processes. Monitoring of emissions and air quality are crucial to recognize trends.

TNO is able to quantify environmental pressures on production processes and product chains from cradle to grave and compare different options. TNO advises companies on strategic sustainable choices and helps to detect environmental risks.
The technical knowledge enables TNO to make overviews of emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. National governments as those of The Netherlands and Germany and the European Union are being helped with the development of guidelines on emission reporting and with the reporting itself. TNO also provides auditors to visit countries as part of the Climate Protocol.
The knowledge on large scale air pollution is enhanced especially concerning particulate matter (aerosols) on causes, transport and atmospheric chemistry and the use of satellite data to improve monitoring.
TNO also advises large communities and water boards on adapting to the effects of climate change.

Our expertise

  • TNO has extensive knowledge on production processes and product chains (from cradle to grave) and related environmental pressures. TNO develops new concepts on sustainability.
  • TNO advises companies and governments on options to reduce emissions and helps governments with reporting as part of international treaties (EU, UNECE, and UNFCC).
  • TNO is closely involved in research on the causes, composition and transport of the different components of particulate matter.
  • TNO is doing research on the edge between large scale air pollution and climate change (aerosol, ozone).
  • TNO has developed models and data bases on emissions and air quality on the European scale.
  • TNO develops new monitoring strategies by combining ground data, models and satellite data

Impact

TNO is able to translate theoretical analysis in practical solutions for strategic and operational problems. Some examples are:

  • Chain analysis for international chemical industries and branch organizations of packaging industries.
  • Quality management of the Emission Registration of The Netherlands .
  • Development of the emission guidelines for the EU.
  • Data base of European emissions on a detailed grid.
  • Permanent improvement of the Lotos/Euros large scale air quality model that is used by PBL, RIVM, KNMI and others.
  • A number of air quality studies for the German Ministry of Environment (UBA).
  • Participation in a large number of European consortia and networks on air quality.
  • Use of satellite data to improve air quality predictions.
  • Leader of a consortium on Climate Proof Cities in the Netherlands involving all major municipalities.
  • Participation in KIC Climate.

Our work

Eurbanlab - Validating sustainable urban innovations

Eurbanlab - a consortium of European market parties and research institutes – aims to accelerate the dissemination and application of sustainable innovations in urban renewal projects. Eurbanlab validates... Read more
Our work

BioBoost

Biomass based energy intermediates boosting biofuel production. The overall objective of this project is to pave the way for decentralized conversion of biomass into optimized, high-energy density carriers... Read more
Our work

EnerGEO - Earth Observation for impact on Energy Use

Demand for energy is growing worldwide and will continue to do so in the decades ahead. Since the production, transport and use of energy have a significant impact on the environment, there is global... Read more
Our work

MACC - Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate

MACC-II - Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate - Interim Implementation is a Collaborative Project (2011-2014) funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme. It is coordinated... Read more
Our work

EUSAAR - European Supersites Atmospheric Aerosol Research

Aerosols play a crucial role in our changing climate because they affect the occurrence, lifetime, and precipitation characteristics of clouds and they directly absorb and scatter sunlight. Read more
Theme

Urbanisation: ‘We are working on the liveability and competitiveness of cities’

Cities are successful communities. It is what makes them attractive but also vulnerable. ‘Urban areas are becoming fuller, busier and more complex. This is a problem for the liveability and competitiveness... Read more
News

Environmental impacts of different funeral techniques - update of prior TNO research

09 December 2014
Funeral company Yarden aims to introduce the new funeral technique "resomation" in the Netherlands, but this is not yet legally possible. As support for the legalization process, Yarden has asked TNO... Read more

Earth, Life and Social Sciences

Ronald Albers MSc MPA

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Ronald Albers MSc MPA

  • climate
  • sustainability
  • life cycle analysis
  • emissions
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