Steel, cement, chemicals: How industry heavyweights aim to become climate friendly

When: 16 Sep - 18 Sep 2019

Where: Düsseldorf – Lixhe – Ludwigshafen – Salzgitter, Germany/Belgium

A research tour for journalists looking into the decarbonisation pathways of Europe's top-emitting industries in cooperation with Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Application deadline is July 26.

As Europe is gradually phasing out its fleet of coal-fired power plants and electric mobility is becoming increasingly attractive, industrial emissions are emerging as an urgent challenge on the road to a fully decarbonised economy.

As Europe’s largest economy and industrial powerhouse, Germany plays a central role in reducing emissions from heavy industry. The country is home to BASF, the world’s largest chemical company; to Heidelberg Cement, the globe’s second largest cement maker; and it also boasts Europe’s largest and most diversified steel industry. However, Germany presently lags behind other EU countries, such as Sweden, Austria or the Netherlands, in planning and implementing pilot projects for deep emissions cuts.

Our research tour for journalists will provide insights into the state of play of decarbonisation efforts in Germany’s cement, steel and chemical industries. In meetings with leading experts, policymakers, industry and trade union representatives, and during visits to industrial facilities and innovation projects we will:

  1. examine how various technologies can contribute to extensive reductions in industrial greenhouse gas emissions
  2. ask which market conditions and political tools will be required to develop the technologies and business models needed in the long term to ensure the transition to climate neutrality in today’s most emission-intensive industries

Participation in the research tour is free of charge. All expenses incurred during the tour, including food, accommodation, and transport, will be covered by Clean Energy Wire (starting with the official programm on Monday morning and ending with the official last programme point on Wednesday evening, 18 September). If necessary, Clean Energy Wire will also cover the cost of the overnight stay from Wednesday to Thursday.

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