At the side event, we will discuss pathways, opportunities and challenges for industry and industrial regions to achieve a net greenhouse gas (GHG) neutral economy. Sectors such as non-ferrous metals, steel and chemicals will outline their contribution to reduce CO2 in various areas and also focus on breakthrough technologies, e.g. the HYBRIT Initiative, which is an innovative breakthrough steelmaking process that will use renewable hydrogen instead of coal, thereby emitting water instead of CO2.
We will explain why maintaining existing industrial locations in highly industrialized regions has a significant impact on climate. Industry representatives, researchers, NGOs and policy makers will discuss how public authorities, development agencies and companies may be supported in planning and implementing their transition towards a greenhouse gas neutral economy.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Director of the Division Future Energy and Mobility Structures at the Wuppertal Institute will deliver a keynote speech on key strategies for achieving deep-decarbonisation in energy-intensive industries and their impacts on production processes as well as industry regions.
The event will deliver examples and insights on how the transformation of industry regions to zero-emission hotspots can be fostered and provide a strong link to the Climate-KIC Flagship project "Re-Industrialise" which is led by the Wuppertal Institute and aims to support the transformation of carbon-intensive industry regions in Europe.
The side event "The Industrial Contribution to a GHG-neutral Economy" will take place on 5 December 2018 from 10.00pm to 12.30pm in the EU Pavilion (Vienna area). Further information about the side events and the COP24 can be found under the links below.