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.
Since the end of 2016 the Climate Friendly Materials Platform - jointly lead by DIW Berlin and Climate Strategies - brings together policy makers, industry representatives, practitioners in industrial decarbonisation and applied researchers for the development of a shared understanding of tangible policy options and eventually common policy action at the national and EU level to the overall goal of successfully decarbonize the basic materials sector.
Round-table workshops take place at DIW Berlin or at various international institutions to which Platform's research members are affiliated depending on specific collaborations, funding sources and focus on specific relevant topics.
A subproject titled "Climate-Friendly Materials Platform: supporting transition in Central and Southern Europe" is currently ongoing funded by EUKI
The Platform continues and extends some research and policy activities started in a previous DIW project "Inclusion of Consumption in Emissions Trading". See project details and workshop webpages here
You could also find more information on the website of Climate Strategies here
The Climate Friendly Materials Platform acknowledges support from MISTRA, ECF, EUKI-BMU, Leeds University, HeidelbergCement and Climate Strategies for the organization of roundtables.
Karsten Neuhoff, Olga Chiappinelli. Klimafreundliche Herstellung und Nutzung von Grundstoffen: Bündel von Politikmaßnahmen notwendig. DIW Wochenbericht 26/18. S. 575-583
Karsten Neuhoff, Olga Chiappinelli, Chris Bataille, Manuel Haußner, Roland Ismer, Eugénie Joltreau, Ingmar Jürgens, Carlotta Piantieri, Jörn Richstein, Oliver Sartor, Puja Singhal, Jan Stede. Filling Gaps in the Policy Package to Decarbonise Production and Use of Materials. Climate Strategies report. Neuhoff, K. June 2018
Karsten Neuhoff, Olga Chiappinelli, Richard Baron, John Barrett, Maciej Bukowski, Vicki Duscha, Tobias Fleiter, Manuel Haussner, Roland Ismer, Robert Kok, Gregory F. Nemet, Hector Pollitt, Jörn Richstein, Tatiana Vakhitova, Tomas Wyns, Lars Zetterberg. Innovation and use policies required to realize investment and emission reductions in the materials sector. Climate Strategies report. Initial findings. January 2017
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).