‘Breaking Through’: new report on decarbonisation of EU industrial sectors

The IES is proud to announce the launch of a new report by researchers Matilda Axelson (lead author), Isobel Robson, Gauri Khandekar and Tomas Wyns (Project coordinator): 'Breaking Through – Industrial Low-CO2 Technologies on the Horizon’. This report assesses the latest state of play of 70 low-CO2 process technologies currently under development in Europe for the Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Cement and Concrete, Pulp and Paper, and Ceramics industries. It provides a snapshot of the current situation by assessing current industrial process innovations based on their CO2-emission reduction potential, energy demand, costs and technological readiness. It also sheds light on the magnitude of the decarbonisation challenge ahead for these industrial sectors. The analysis demonstrates that there is not a lack of solutions or technologies available to enable decarbonisation of the EU industrial sectors, but stronger efforts are needed to drive further development of these technologies from ideas to commercialisation.

Lead author Matilda Axelson presented this report at the 10th Annual Meeting of the LCS-RNet in Yokohama, Japan, on 17 July. The presentation featured innovation and transitions, in the context of industrial decarbonisation. The LCS-RNet (International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies) is a global network of researchers that are making close contributions to individual countries’ low-carbon policy-making processes.