Among the options for greenhouse gas mitigation in the heavy industry, electrification of processes is considered an important pillar. Since potentials in Europe to produce electricity from renewables are limited and not evenly spread around the continent, its actual implementation admittedly represents a challenge – specifically in a hot spot of energy intensive industries like North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). So far, potential ways forward have been described in a variety of scenario studies. However, these are rather general and do not consider location-specific features. Industrial companies, in contrast, develop location-specific concepts for climate neutral production processes. In order to link both, together with SCI4climate.NRW the REINVENT project aims at creating viable location-specific scenarios for the steel, chemicals and pulp and paper industry, which show how industry clusters could achieve far-reaching electrification.
During the workshop the project partners will conduct an in-depth exploration of potential electrification storylines. The aim is to enrich existing storylines with regard to the roles of industrial companies, utilities, consumers, politics, society and research. Furthermore, feasible combinations of pathways and related timelines as well as potential forerunning regions should be identified. In order to achieve this, the project partners combine the unique knowledge of the SCI4climate.NRW and REINVENT projects, thus inviting experts from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and different European countries from industry, science and society. The results of the discussion will provide valuable input into scenario storylines for the EU framework scenarios to be calculated in REINVENT (by Wuppertal Institute and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) and also for NRW scenarios to be developed later on in SCI4climate.NRW.
The workshop will take place on 28 June at the Wuppertal Institute from 10 am to 2 pm. Further information on REINVENT and SCI4climate.NRW can be found in the following links.