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To be politically, economically and socially accepted and supported, the European Green Deal has to turn decarbonisation into an historical occasion to revitalise the European industry, and therefore ensure long-term economic growth and jobs creation. As a result, policy makers and industry stakeholders must work together and explore any possible sustainable option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving the competitiveness of the European industry.
Although industry has made concrete steps in the past years to increase its energy and resource efficiency, significant improvements are still possible and a wide range of very cost-effective energy saving potentials still exist across countries and industrial sectors. As a short-term pillar of decarbonisation, their exploitation is to be intensified. To achieve greenhouse gas neutrality in 2050, industry will in addition require an electrification of processes and the supply of renewable fuels when electrification is not possible. To foster this in the longer term, appropriate policy guardrails need to be set today due to the long investment cycles.
This online session will bring together policymakers, researchers and a cross-sectorial group of business representatives to discuss about:
- existing technologies and approaches to save energy and reduce emissions in industry - in the short term
- policy guardrails needed for a GHG-neutral EU industry – in the longer term
Three impulse presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with policy-relevant actors and virtual interaction with the audience.
The event is co-hosted by the European Industrial Insulation Foundation, the European Alliance to Save Energy, the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI.