Our vision at a sustainable society

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Sustainable society

At TNO, our goal is to achieve a sustainable society. A society that can adapt to a changing climate and contributes to a circular economy. A society with a sustainable living environment, renewable energy, and sustainable industry.

From progress to new challenges

In the last century, we have made progress in terms of prosperity and well-being. But this has consequences for our living environment and the environment as a whole. The climate is changing, natural resources are running out, land is subsiding, and biodiversity is under threat. This has resulted in complex challenges and diverse interests. We want space for industry, agriculture, and mobility. But we also want to reduce nitrogen emissions. We want sustainable energy generation and housing. But we also want landscape conservation. And the application of circular raw materials is sometimes diametrically opposed to the competitive ‘low-cost’ industry.

3 building blocks of a sustainable society

To make our society sustainable, we must emit fewer harmful substances. This is also laid down in the climate goals. In addition, we must build a circular economy to make balanced choices about the use of raw materials. And we must be prepared for changes in our climate. To achieve this, we at TNO focus on a sustainable living environment, sustainable energy, and a sustainable industry. We’re looking for integrated solutions at the system level. These are solutions that balance the changing needs of society, the environment, and the economy.

1. Sustainable living environment

We’re committed to creating a living environment with good liveability, in which we can live, work, and move around without harming the environment. At TNO, we develop smart and sustainable technology aimed at safe and efficient mobility and logistics without CO2 emissions. We also develop concepts for energy-neutral, healthy, and safe buildings with a sustainable heat supply. In addition, we study the possible effects of climate change on buildings, infrastructure, and existing and new facilities. We also focus on circularity. We research how we can close the raw material supply chains in our living environment and how we can avoid the use of primary raw materials.

2. Sustainable energy

The energy system of the future is stable, accessible to all, and sustainable. To achieve this and counteract increasing climate change, it’s crucial to accelerate the transition to a zero-emission energy supply. We focus on the innovative mix of technological solutions that make this possible. For example, energy generated by sun, wind, and biomass, and geothermal energy. But also the development of clean energy carriers, such as green hydrogen, energy storage technologies, and a reliable energy infrastructure. In addition, we develop designs for a reliable, accessible, and sustainable energy system.

3. Sustainable industry

sustainable industry is climate-neutral, emits no greenhouse gases, and is largely circular. Factories get their energy from sustainably produced electricity, green gas, and hydrogen. We develop technology for the production of this energy. For the chemical industry, we focus on the use of renewable energy to produce heat, hydrogen, and chemicals. We’re also working on the use of renewable raw materials such as recycled products, biomass, and CO2. We also design products and materials that are easy to recycle and better for the environment.

This is how we work on a sustainable society

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Webinar: Industry CO2 neutral and circular in 2050

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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.

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Online

Biorizon bio-aromatics networking event

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Come to this networking event for the latest developments in bio-aromatics and to accelerate biobased business together.

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Mol, Belgium

Webinar: Materials Scarcity for Hydrogen Production

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Join VoltaChem's open webinar on the 27th October 2022 on the topic of Materials Scarcity for Hydrogen Production.

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Online

Clear Air: Dutch satellite innovations

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Event

The Clear Air consortium, consisting of Netherlands based research and technology organizations TNO, KNMI, SRON, and Delft University, organizes this side event. On-site speakers:

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BENELUX-EIB Pavilion at COP27, Sharm El-Sheikh or livestream

Webinar: Offshore wind under pressure

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Offshore wind energy is growing enormously, but this growth comes with challenges. To maximise the value of large volumes of wind energy in the future energy system, we need to ensure feasible business cases for developers.

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Webinar