Climate Friendly Materials Platform

Current Project

Department

Climate Policy

Project Management

Karsten Neuhoff

Project Period

September 1, 2016

Overview

Basic materials, such as aluminium, cement and steel, are central to our economies, but their production accounts for around 16% of European and 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore difficult to envisage how Europe can reach the commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement without significant emission reductions from the materials sector.

While some incremental improvements of existing production technologies 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, more efficient material use and recycling remain largely untapped.

Transformation of the basic materials sectors to carbon neutrality will therefore require a robust policy framework that set sufficient incentives by improving the economics and viability of key “climate friendly” technologies, materials and practices. Decarbonisation along supply and value chains has to be pursued in association with resource efficiency, industrial symbiosis and the circular economy. Also, transformation should be inclusive, enabling all countries to benefit from the capital intensive investments required for this shift.

Achieving this goals require a shared vision of feasible development pathways, which build on the perspectives of all actors required for successful implementation.

Since the end of 2016 the Climate Friendly Materials Platform 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 decarbonise the European basic materials sector.

Objectives

This project will explore options for an effective policy framework to advance innovation and use of low‐carbon technology and material options. To achieve this, the project will:

1. Develop a shared vision and framework to think about policy needs for net-carbon neutrality in materials sector
2. Advance analysis on individual policy instruments and governance framework for their implementation
3. Support converging of preference for European based policy instruments in discussions within EU member states and at Brussels level to contribute to common basis for policy implementation
4. Capacity building and developing of common knowledge base on the policy options for delivering material sector decarbonisation 


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.

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.

DIW Team

New report published: Investments in Climate Friendly Materials to Strengthen the Recovery Package

Supporting investments in climate friendly production and recycling of materials as part of the European and national Covid-19 recovery packages can both achieve the short term objective of effective recovery spending for boosting the economy and creating jobs as well as deliver climate and long-term economic benefits. In order to realize the full economic and climate benefits of investment support, a rapid implementation of the policy package envisaged in the European Green Deal is required.

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Report, October 2019: Building blocks for a climate-neutral European industrial sector

The science is clear: global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic impacts. The Paris Agreement recognises the 1.5C-limit as well. The production of basic materials –cement, iron and steel, paper, aluminium, as well as chemicals and petrochemicals – is one of the main contributors to climate change, accounting for approximately 25% of global CO2 emissions, and around 16% of EU GHG emissions.

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Karsten Neuhoff, Frederik Lettow, Olga Chiappinelli, Timo Gerres, Eugénie Joltreau, Pedro Linares, Aleksander Sniegocki. Investments in climate friendly materials to strengthen the recovery package. (PDF, 0.77 MB) Climate Strategies Report, June 2020

Karsten Neuhoff, Olga Chiappinelli, Timo Gerres, Manuel Haussner, Roland Ismer, Nils May, Alice Pirlot, Jörn Richstein. Building Blocks for a Climate-Neutral European Industrial Sector. Policies to Create Markets for Climate-Friendly Materials to Boost EU Global Competitiveness and Jobs. (PDF, 1.13 MB) Climate Strategies Report, October 2019

Susanne Dröge, Karsten Neuhoff, Christian Egenhofer, Milan Elkerbout. How EU Trade Policy Can Enhance Climate Action: Options to Boost Low-Carbon Investment and Address Carbon Leakage. Brüssel: CEPS, 2019. Monographien/ Sammelwerke extern , 11 S.

Olga Chiappinelli, Mária Bartek-Lesi, Małgorzata Błocka, José Pablo Chaves Ávila, Balázs Felsmann, Timo Gerres, Pedro Linares, Karsten Neuhoff, Aleksander Śniegocki, Gabriella Szajkó, Zofia Wetmańska. Inclusive Transformation of the European Materials Sector: Report for the EUKI 2018 Project "Climate Friendly Materials Platform: Supporting Transition in Central and Southern Europe". Berlin: EUKI, 2019. Diskussionspapiere extern, 28 S.

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 collaborative, multi‐stakeholder platform is convened by Climate Strategies and brings together from a broad spectrum of European Universities and Institutes: DIW Berlin (Germany), IDDRI (France), IIT-Comillas (Spain), IVL (Sweden), Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), REKK (Hungary), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) and WiseEuropa (Poland).

June 25, 2020
Climate Friendly Materials Platform

EAERE Policy Session "EU ETS plus X? Policy needs for industrial decarbonisation in the age of corona"

Speaker: Simone Borghesi (University of Siena, Florence School of Regulation Climate), Misato Sato (London School of Economics), Olga Chiappinelli (DIW Berlin), Arthur Runge-Metzger (DG Clima, European Commission), Malte Bornkamm (German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Olga Chiappinelli, Jörn Richstein
Time: 11:00 - 12:30

The aim of this policy session is to discuss whether or not the EU ETS needs to be complemented by other sector specific policies for the decarbonization of the industrial sector that go beyond recent reforms. Together with our panelists we would also like to reflect the recent developments in the policy debate on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis and the recovery strategy for the topic. The ...

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May 24, 2019
Climate Friendly Materials Platform

Climate Friendly Materials Roundtable on
“Policy Design for Greening Construction Supply Chains”

Speaker: Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin), Lars Zetterberg(IVL), Johan Rootzén (Chalmers University of Technology), Martin Erlandsson (IVL), Julien Morel (Swedish EPA),Anna Kadefors (KTH), Olga Chiappinelli (DIW Berlin), Jannik Giesekam (Leeds University), Karsten Neuhoff

The workshop gives an overview of mitigation options, possible set of policy instruments, and how they influence decisions (engage, improve economics, support innovation etc.), outline for the analytic approach and discussion of the day.

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March 4, 2019
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Climate Friendly Materials Roundtable on "Inclusive transformation of the European Materials Sector”

Speaker: Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin), Aleksander Sniegocki (WiseEuropa), Balazs Felsmann (REKK), (IIT Comillas University), Nils May (DIW Berlin), Karsten Neuhoff
Location: DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

The workshop gives an overview of mitigation options, possible set of policy instruments, and how they influence decisions (engage, improve economics, support innovation etc.), outline for the analytic approach and discussion of the day.

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November 28, 2018
Climate Friendly Materials Platform

Workshop on Trade and climate policy in 2018 and beyond. How to get the incentives right?

Location: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4
10719 Berlin

Workshop on Trade and climate policy in 2018 and beyond. How to get the incentives right?

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March 16, 2018
Climate Friendly Materials Platform

Workshop on Policy packages for low-carbon road maps in the materials sector

Speaker: Diana Quezada, Eugenie Joltreau, Hugo Trappmann, Moritz Mues, Manuela Ojan, Paul Ekins, Manuel Haußner, Christopher Beauman, Oliver Sartor, Arjan Geveke, Karsten Neuhoff
Location: DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

The workshop gives an overview of mitigation options, possible set of policy instruments, and how they influence decisions (engage, improve economics, support innovation etc.), outline for the analytic approach and discussion of the day.

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November 7, 2017
Climate Friendly Materials Platform

UNFCCC Side Event at COP23: Policy Design for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector

Speaker: Alexandra Carr, Wolfgang Eichhammer, Peter Stemmermann, Russel Mills, Andrew Marquard, Georg Zachmann, Karsten Neuhoff, Olga Chiappinelli
Location: UNFCCC Side Event at COP23
Stand A.04
UK Pavilion
Bonn Zone
Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Basic materials, such as aluminium, cement and steel, are important inputs for the construction of infrastructure and buildings, as well as manufacturing of industrial products. Their primary production is, however, carbon intensive, and in Europe is responsible for the dominant share of industrial emissions, equivalent to 16% of overall greenhouse gas emissions. A portfolio of “climate ...

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October 20, 2017
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Workshop on Policies to Stimulate Climate Friendly Innovation in the Materials Sector

Speaker: Henry Derwent, Roman Doubrava, Gregory Nemet, Araceli Fernandez Pales, Carl De Maré, Ilian Iliev, Heleen de Coninck, Gareth Roberts, Karsten Neuhoff, Olga Chiappinelli, Puja Singhal, Jörn Richstein
Location: DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

3rd Workshop, Climate Friendly Materials Platform

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May 8, 2017
Climate Friendly Materials Platform

UNFCCC SB’s Side Event Policy Solutions for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector

Time: 16.45 – 18.15

Production of basic materials like steel, cement or aluminium is responsible for the majority of industrial GHG emissions. Yet so far national policies provide very limited support for climate friendly material production and efficient use of materials. In principle, Emission Trading Systems were implemented to provide the desired incentives. In practice, carbon leakage concerns trigger free ...

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January 23, 2017
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2nd Workshop on Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector

Speaker: Andrzej Blachowicz, Tobias Fleiter, John Barrett, Christopher Beauman, Robert Kok, John Barrett, Henry Derwent, Heleen de Coninck, Tomas Wyns, Heleen de Coninck, Roland Ismer, Manuel Haussner, Karsten Neuhoff, Jörn Richstein, Vera Zipperer
Location: DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

Materials are central to our economies – but their production also dominates industrial greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore not possible for Europe to reach an 80-95% emission reduction target without significant emission reductions from the materials sector. While some production efficiency improvements and fuel shifting to lower carbon inputs have been achieved in sectors such as ...

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September 16, 2016
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1st Workshop on Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector

Speaker: Heleen de Coninck, Tatiana Vakhitova, Henry Derwent, Richard Baron, Maciej Bukowski, Lars Zetterberg, , Karsten Neuhoff, Jörn Richstein, Olga Chiappinelli
Location: EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)
Rue du Trône 98
1050 Brussels

Materials are central to our economies – but their production also dominates industrial greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore not possible for Europe to reach an 80-95% emission reduction target without significant emission reductions from the materials sector. While some production efficiency improvements and fuel shifting to lower carbon inputs have been achieved in sectors such as ...

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