Carbon footprint reduction
The expected outcome of the Life OxyUp program is the validation of an innovative, environmentally friendly energy supply system for energy-intensive industries, including glass manufacturing and the bricks and tiles sector. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy would help reduce carbon footprint of the industry sector.
We can calculate the savings in terms of CO2 emissions reduction per gasifier per year and the tons of oil equivalent (Toe):
|*1Toe = 11.63MWh = 2.30TCO2 (Source: IEA)|
Targeted energy production
Tons of oil equivalent
Tons of CO2 savings
The industry-wide savings potential by substituting fossil fuels with renewable syngas:
European glass packaging industry
The manufacturing of glass bottles and jars totals 170 kilns in Europe, producing 22.4 million tons of glass annually (EU ETS GHG, 2007). The consumption of natural gas or other fossil fuels in the sector represents 58.6TWh/year (5.4 MToe).
Substituting 50% of fossil fuels used in the glass industry with renewable gas would reduce annual CO2 emissions by 5.8 million tons.
European ceramic products industry
The sector is composed of more than 1000 sites in Europe (Ceramics BREF 2007), producing 90 million tons of CO2 annually. The consumption of annual gas or propane to dry and cook the products reaches 94.4TWh/year (8.12Mtoe).
Substituting 70% of fossil fuels used in the ceramic industry with renewable gas would reduce annual CO2 emissions by 13.1 million tons.
Valorisation of difficult biomass and waste
Today, difficult biomass and wastes are mainly disposed of or incinerated with a low efficiency rate. Valorising those wastes through small-scale gasification would help solve waste management, producing energy with a high efficiency rate.
Another key goal is the production of energy from difficult biomass and waste , which today are mainly disposed of or incinerated with low-efficiency rates. Small-scale biomass gasification is highly efficient to valorise those waste.
Carbon footprint reduction
Contribution to European Environmental policy
The LIFE OxyUp project strongly contributes to the EU’s environmental objectives, addressing issues such as:
Substitution of fossil sources of energy
Reduction of Green House Gases (GHG) emissions
- Biomass valorisation and waste recovery
The project of Xylowatt is directly in line with the European Strategy for 2020
Acting for climate change
The 2020 climate and energy package (20-20-20 targets): via the 2009/28/EC directive on the promotion of using energy from renewable sources
COM (2006) 136 final: reduced levels of pollution and a more rational use of natural resources
Directive 2006/32/CE: energy end-use efficiency and energy services
Treaty of Lisbon (COM (2005) 474 Final)
Participation in the implementation of the EU Policy in the glass and ceramics industries