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13. September 2019

Berlin Seminar

Policies to support basic materials’ pathway to climate neutrality


13. September 2019
12:30 - 14:30


DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin


Artur Runge-Metzger, Gerrit Riemer, Malte Bornkamm, Olga Chiappinelli

In line with the continuously carbon-intensive consumption patterns of our societies, the steel, cement and other basic materials still used in end-use sectors and products across our economies entail 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 2/3 of German industrial emissions. To avoid these emissions, material producers and users are proposing a portfolio of options, including clean production processes, low-carbon substitute materials, material efficiency and enhanced recycling.
A common theme in all debates: a strong and reliable policy framework is required to incentivize and fund investments in innovation, to internalize carbon externalities, to address policy risks for investors and to engage the entire value chain. At the seminar, we will discuss which key policy instruments the incoming European Commission and the German government will need to prioritize.


  • Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, DG Clima
  • Olga Chiappinelli, Senior Researcher, DIW Berlin
  • Gerrit Riemer, Head of Governmental and Corporate Affairs, Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG 
  • Malte Bornkamm, Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)