On behalf of the Ministry of Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia the Wuppertal Institute together with CleanTechNRW established a dialogue between energy-intensive industries and scientific and political institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Within the scope of the dialogue, innovation strategies for the advancement of low carbon technologies were discussed. The dialogue involved stakeholders from the steel industry, chemical industry, aluminium industry, cement industry, glass industry and paper production. In addition to discussions with stakeholders from the industrial sector it was envisaged to establish platforms for dialogue between companies and civil society (e.g. environmental NGOs). This approach built on the participation process implemented in the framework of the Climate Protection Plan NRW. The project intended to enhance the knowledge on low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive industries. It aimed to explore possible pathways and preconditions for the application of these technologies in the private sector in NRW as well as to strengthen the motivation of entrepreneurs for initiatives and investments in technologies with lower CO2 emissions. The project developed six sectoral low-carbon strategies and discussed several cross-sectoral low-carbon fields. The project carried forward the dialogue process already started in the working group "Manufacturing and Industry" in the context of the Climate Protection Plan NRW. The Climate Protection Plan was initiated in 2011 by the Federal Government of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its main objective was the participatory development of strategies and instruments for the realisation of the federal climate protection goals.