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Transition to fossil-free basic industries: technology pathways and policy needs

Co-hosted by EASME, the initiative IN4climate.NRW and REINVENT.

[The event is currently being organised, so please follow this page for further updates.]

The objective of this event is to look beyond specific sectors and explore the coevolution of steel, plastics, and other sectors and the new interdependencies that may develop when moving to a fossil-free and closed-carbon loop economy. Based on the current understanding of technologies, systems and institutions the aim is to explore future interactions between sectors, identify knowledge gaps and assess what implications this may have for policy-making, society and future research. 

The event will bring REINVENT together with national as well as regional initiatives related to the decarbonisation of energy intensive industry sectors.

Technology pathways and roadmaps are emerging in sectors such as steel, plastics, paper and cement. The role of electrification, circular and biogenic carbon utilisation, CCS and new interdependencies between sectors are salient features of such pathways. We will take stock of the current understanding of future options and strategies and based on this explore the implications for future policy-making, research and society at large.