Register now! Decarbonising European industry and steel in the global context

Options and Strategies from recent research. Supported by results from the INNOPATHS Programme.

Event Information

  • Date: 8 July
  • Time: 9:00 – 11:30 (BST)
  • Registration: Register here

About the event

The climate goals agreed in the Paris Agreement, and the need for ‘net zero’ emissions to stabilise the atmosphere, cannot be achieved without decarbonising energy-intensive industry.  At the same time, in the UK and EU, many of these sectors, (first and foremost, the steel sector which accounts for over 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions), are struggling in a fiercely competitive, international business environment. In July, the EU will announce its proposals for decarbonising European industry, including a border carbon adjustment.

This webinar, a final outreach event of the major INNOPATHS research programme, will present results of substantial research on the potential and strategies for decarbonising energy intensive industries in Europe. It will also offer a detailed look at scenarios for steel, including the role of recycling and rapidly growing initiatives by some continental steel producers to develop novel, hydrogen-based steel production, and offer insights into the forthcoming EU “Fit for 55” package. A concluding panel will debate the prospects and strategies for the industry in the UK and EU.


09:00 – Welcome from the Chair
Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL

Opening Address: the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative
Dan Dorner Head of Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat, Paris

Industry decarbonisation overview from the Horizon 2020 project, INNOPATHS
09:30 – Introduction to INNOPATHS, ‘Innovation Pathways, Strategies and Policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe’
Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environment Policy, UCL

09:35 – The CO2 reduction potential for the European industry via direct electrification
Silvia Madeddu, PIK Germany

10:00 – Insight from INNOPATHS case studies
Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environment Policy, UCL

10:15 – Q&A

The Steel Industry

10:30 – The European outlook for steel – current initiatives and prospects for deep decarbonisation
Lars J. Nilsson, Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems, Lund University

10:50 – Panel Discussion, chaired by Michael Grubb

  • EU policy – pricing and CBAM proposals – Milan Elkerbout, CEPS Energy, Resources and Climate Change Unit
  • The role of circular economy – Matthew Winning, Research Fellow, UCL
  • Respondent – Silvia Maddedu, PIK Germany

11:10 – Q&A

11:25 – Closing remarks from the chair

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