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Carbon Neutral Energy Intensive Industries


CO2 neutrality

Energy intensive industries are one of the key greenhouse gas emitters, accounting for about 25% of total CO2 emissions globally. The decarbonisation of industries producing cement, iron and steel, and chemicals/petrochemicals is a top priority to attain carbon neutrality and Paris Agreement targets.

These industries are the backbone for modern economies, and they will play an important role in driving a low-carbon post-Covid recovery – among many other uses, steel and concrete structures are required for wind power; thermal insulation for energy efficiency; lightweight materials for electric cars.

Plenty of challenges remain to achieving a carbon-neutral industry. They include a wide range of unreplaceable energy-intensive carbon-emitting industrial processes, low-profit margins for commodity products in a global competitive environment and the expected rise of demand for carbon-intensive materials in sectors, such as buildings, transport, and health care. 

Workshop on Carbon Neutral Energy Intensive Industries was held on 14 April 2021 to explore what is happening in selected industries across the region and to discuss what can be done to address existing challenges.

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand the situation of selected energy intensive industries in the UNECE region
  • Exchange experience on technology options and carbon circularity to reduce carbon intensity
  • Identify successful business models and collaborative activities across UNECE region
  • Propose policy solutions for industries in the UNECE region



Online Workshop - 14 April 2021 - documents & presentations available here