Germany's goal is to become largely greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In 2018, the German industrial sector emitted around 196 million tons of CO2 equivalents. This means that it accounts for 23 percent of national greenhouse gas emissions and is the second largest source of emissions in Germany following the energy sector. Around two thirds of industrial emissions come from energy-intensive industries, with the steel and cement industry being responsible for more than half of these emissions.
The decarbonisation of the industrial sector requires new technological concepts and appropriate political frameworks which, early on, point the industry towards fields of action and decision-making paths. This project develops key steps towards roadmaps for the decarbonisation of the steel and cement industry. These key steps highlight which technologies and measures can be implemented by the cement and steel industry by 2030 and which additional action is required by 2050.
The project is scientifically supported by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (project lead), the Wuppertal Institute and the University of Lund. The aim of involving stakeholders from industry, social interest groups, politics and science is to develop the key steps in a transparent, participatory and practice-oriented way.
The participating researchers of the Wuppertal Institute focus on the development of a cross-sectoral methodology to evaluate industrial decarbonisation measures and, jointly with the rest of the research team, on the development of key steps for a roadmap toward the decarbonisation of the cement industry. The project is funded by the German Environment Agency (German: Umweltbundesamt, UBA).