The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of the potential of German industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One focus of the analysis is the development of quantitative energy and emission scenarios for the year 2030 in order to identify possible ways of achieving the emission reduction target for industry set out in the German government's climate protection plan. The contributions that different technologies and measures can make to achieving the target by 2030 will be worked out in concrete terms. In addition, the project will identify and discuss promising "low-carbon breakthrough" technologies that could make a significant contribution to a climate-neutral industry in Germany in the longer term – by around 2050.
The resulting understanding of both the short- to medium-term climate protection potential in industry and the technologies, processes and infrastructures needed in the long term will serve as a basis for discussing suitable energy, climate and industrial policy instruments. A meaningful policy mix should on the one hand help German industry to achieve its climate protection targets for 2030, and on the other hand be able to shape a far-reaching transformation process by the middle of the century and initiate it at an early stage. All this should be achieved without endangering the competitiveness of German industry.
The discussion of suitable policy instruments will take place in conjunction with a project led by Agora Energiewende, in which it will be worked out which framework conditions and policy instruments need to be created in order to bring key technologies for a long-term climate-neutral orientation of industry to market maturity. The interim results of both projects will be discussed in several joint workshops with representatives from industry, politics, ministries and civil society.