In this project, the Wuppertal Institute as an external partner supported a consortium which worked on the development of a climate protection roadmap for the Flemish industry. The consortium was led by the consulting firm Deloitte and also included the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Antwerp Management School and the consultant Climact.
The roadmap, published in November 2020, contains proposals on how the Flemish industry could drastically reduce its CO2 emissions by 2050. In the roadmap the researchers highlight key technologies for achieving the CO2 emission reductions and provide policy recommendations for promoting innovation, building the necessary infrastructure and ensuring sufficient financing for the transformation.
The Wuppertal Institute's role in the project was mainly to critically comment on the assumptions and modelling results provided by the consortium on the possible future development of the Flemish industry. In particular, the institute’s researchers made detailed assessments of the technical and economic assumptions of key climate protection technologies and their potential future roles in the three sectors steel, refineries and basic chemicals.
In addition, during the course of the project the Wuppertal Institute prepared an overview of the major activities underway in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands and the EU in the context of industrial climate protection. In the overview the institute’s researchers presented key initiatives, discussion forums and funding programmes in both countries (including bilateral activities) and at EU level. They also examined the relevance of these activities for the Flemish industry.