TNO Green Print accelerates sustainable industry

Industry is responsible for almost half of the energy consumption, CO2 emissions and use of raw materials in the Netherlands. To accomplish a sustainable industry is a huge task which requires taking radical long- and short-term decisions on an ongoing basis. Making the right decisions not only requires facts and figures, but also insight into how the value chains of industrial companies, their suppliers and other parties involved develop.

TNO Green Print

TNO launches The Green Print: A blueprint for a radical greening of your value chain in the industry sector. Customization: From calculation models that lead to new government policy to a specific CO2 capture solution for a chemical company. All available knowledge, experience and innovations are processed in a TNO Green Print into a specific solution. In this way you can contribute to the acceleration of a clean industry in 2050.

'The industry is responsible for almost half of the energy consumption, CO2  emissions and use of raw materials in the Netherlands.'

Watch the webinar: Industry CO2 neutral and circular in 2050

In this webinar on 28 September we discuss opportunities and challenges with different market partners and come up with tailor-made solutions for a sustainable and circular industry.

Clearly defined solutions: From fossil to renewable energy and use of raw materials

Many companies in the chemical and process industries are wondering what their future will be like and which path to take in order to produce sustainably in the long term. The biggest challenge is the transition from fossil to renewable energy (decarbonisation), and the use of sustainable raw materials (recarbonisation).

What is TNO’s contribution?

TNO helps to accelerate this development by supporting the government with policy and regulations and the industry with technical solutions, knowledge and applied science. In doing so, we create value transition joint business models that enable the government and energy transitions to form new chains. With our “Green Prints” we offer parties in the industry concrete solutions for sustainability and acceleration of the energy transition.

Industrial transformation: sustainable value chains

Traditionally, industry has been accustomed to relying on fossil-based raw materials such as coal, oil and gas. Their operations and infrastructures have been based on these raw materials for decades. The challenge now is to transform the industry and find new ways towards a carbon free and CO2 neutral industry and to face out fossil energy supply and making a sustainable and green value chain. Manufacturing products using sustainable and renewable energy. The task is to ensure that industry can continue to make products but without harmful emissions.

The transformation to sustainability means that companies must operate in value chains other than those to which they are accustomed. Suppliers must provide sustainable raw materials and fuels. There are many uncertainties, such as the availability and supply of renewable energy and raw materials, new legislation, and changing market demands.

How TNO Green Print accelerates a sustainable industry

We help to face this task by supporting governments in their policy development, and working together with the industry on technological solutions. In this context, we create so-called collaborative business models, knowledge and technologies which enable parties to establish new value chains. With our ‘Green Prints’, we offer clearly defined solutions to policy makers, managers energy transition in the industry.

  • TNO has a solid foundation of expertise in the field of sustainable energy, electrification and production of hydrogen, CO2 capture and reuse raw materials.
  • We work closely with companies and government, knowledge institutions and governments in Europe and beyond.
  • New technology that will allow the capture and re-use of CO2 in the industry that was previously impossible.
  • A technology for recycling and re-use plastics.

Cooperation between government and industry

Now that the electricity and gas infrastructure is facing large-scale expansion and renewal, the government must be able to answer the many questions that may consequently arise. As an independent knowledge-based organisation, TNO advises and supports ministries, provinces, municipalities and regions in implementing effective policies. We also bring public and private parties together. As an orchestrator of innovation, we help government and industry to join forces. This requires more transparency from both sides. With our energy experts, economists, behavioural scientists and other disciplines, we offer all the knowledge required to help accelerate the sustainability of industry.

We work with government, suppliers and industry together in projects and platforms to develop and upscale technologies. Our aim is to make this possible within a few years, and on a large scale.

Projects, papers and collaborations

Recently, we have been working together with industry and parties in projects and platforms to develop and upscale sustainable solutions for the industry.

Industrial electrification

Together with tech employers' organisations FME, Deltalinqs, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and InnovationQuarter, we established the Fieldlab Industrial Electrification (FLIE). FLIE offers companies practical support and clearly defined solutions for transitioning from fossil fuels to electrification.

In line with this, we are working with companies in the manufacturing industry to optimise electrolysers. This is done in the Electrolyser Makers Platform.


To keep the energy transition feasible and affordable in the short term, it is essential to use blue hydrogen. Our SEWGS breakthrough innovation enables steel producers and refineries to cheaply and easily convert CO2 captured from process gases into blue hydrogen.

With our knowledge partner Forschungzentrum Jülich, we are developing a joint German-Dutch hydrogen market which has the potential to grow to seven times its current size by 2050. In the HY3 project, we are exploring new value chains with our partners. Hydrogen production on the Dutch and German North Sea will then be connected to large industrial clusters in both countries.


The transport sector is a major consumer of fossil energy. The proportion of renewable energy is only a few percent. European regulations require this to be 14% by 2030, of which 3.5% must be biofuels to provide affordable biofuels for road transport, shipping and, eventually, aviation.

System transition

The transformation to a sustainable industry requires system changes. Our society faces major challenges from climate change, depletion of natural resources, loss of biodiversity and other threats. Collaborative business models support working on practical applicable methods to help coalitions of parties shape the transition.

Two scenarios illustrate a vision for energy supply in the Netherlands after 2030 and provide insight into the implications of the more stringent targets. They show how a climate-neutral energy system can be achieved by various sustainability initiatives. The starting point is the pursuit of an energy system at the lowest cost to society.

Energy transition

The energy transition must happen more quickly. For a number of dominant sectors, TNO indicates important options that could accelerate the current pace of development. It has also established which knowledge questions per sector still need to be answered. It is clear that the energy transition requires much more than only technological solutions. At least as important are costs, behaviour and the availability of professionals.

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Webinar: Industry CO2 neutral and circular in 2050


The necessary sustainability of the industry poses many challenges. Climate targets are being tightened up and have gained momentum in recent years. Decision makers want to know: how do I continue to make a profit in that new context? In this webinar on 28 September we discuss this with partners and come up with tailor-made solutions.




To make industry more sustainable, we've developed a revolutionary technology that captures CO2 very efficiently while producing blue hydrogen.

Energy transition growing cooperation between government and industry

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Industry needs to go green more quickly. While it’s true that this sector has succeeded in significantly reducing its CO2 emissions between 1990 and 2020 with at least 25%, in absolute numbers those emissions still represent tens of megatons per year. In the Climate Agreement, government and industry have agreed to further reduce emissions. As an innovation and knowledge partner, TNO supports ministries, provinces, municipalities and regions in implementing effective policies. We also bring public and private parties together to implement acceleration: the radical greening of the value chains in industry.

Forming new value chains for a circular economy

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The transition from fossil to sustainable raw materials affects the entire chain from the chemical industry, suppliers, waste sector to end users. No party can afford to sit idle or seek the best solutions only for itself.

Industrial energy transition: making energy and raw materials sustainable

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Industry has a major role to play in achieving the climate goals by 2050. To become fully sustainable, two things are inseparable: the use of renewable energy and the reuse of raw materials. The processing and chemical industries in particular face the task of continuing to produce useful products in the future, but in a fully sustainable way. TNO supports them with expertise regarding technologies, circularity, business models, legislation and regulations in customized TNO Green Prints.