The Role of Policy for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector

Abteilung(en)/ Infrastruktureinrichtung
Aktuelles Projekt
seit/von 2016
Climate Strategies
Karsten Neuhoff
Ansprechpartner im DIW Berlin


Materials are central to our economies but their production also dominates industrial greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore difficult to envisage how Europe can reach an 80-95% emission reduction target without significant emission reductions from the materials sector.

While some efficiency improvements and fuel shifting to lower carbon inputs have been achieved in sectors such as steel and cement, they amount to only modest reductions. The large, and necessary, mitigation potentials linked to break-through process technologies, new materials, and more efficient material use remain largely untapped.

This project aims to explore what elements need to be put in place to allow for large scale emission reductions from material production through developing a portfolio of innovative processes and materials and providing incentives for their efficient use.

The emission mitigation opportunities requires a coherent combination of the three elements:

  • Plausible technological pathways;
  • Strategically oriented private sector decisions;
  • Robust and credible regulatory policy framework.

The project will address the broad question of: what policies are necessary for the materials sector to successfully innovate and subsequently adopt new low-carbon technologies?

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Innovation and use policies required to realize investment and emission reductions in the materials sector. Climate Strategies report. Initial findings. January 2017

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This project is led jointly by Climate Strategies and DIW Berlin and delivered by a multidisciplinary, international team of researchers from a number of institutions, representing various fields (EU law and institutions, climate policy and economics, energy market and infrastructure policy and economics).

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Workshop on Policies to Stimulate Climate Friendly Innovation in the Materials Sector
3rd Workshop, Climate Friendly Materials Platform
Berlin, October 20th, 2017

DIW Berlin, Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin

UNFCCC SB’s Side Event: Policy Solutions for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector
Bonn, May 8th, 2017

2nd Workshop on Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector
Berlin, January 23rd, 2017
DIW Berlin, Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin

1st Workshop on Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector
Brussels, September 16th, 2016
EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi), Rue du Trône 98, B-1050 Brussels

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