Event 25/4 | Towards a competitive and net-zero heavy industry in Europe

The European Climate Foundation is pleased to invite you to a presentation of two new reports laying out options towards a competitive and net-zero heavy industry in Europe, followed by a high-level panel discussion.

25 April 2019, 15.30 – 18.30, Followed by a reception, The Office, Rue d’Arlon 80, Brussels 

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The programme is available for download here

The European Commission published in November 2018 its strategic vision for long-term emission reductions, “A Clean Planet for All”, where it strongly endorsed a net-zero vision for Europe by 2050.

The European Climate Foundation’s project “Industrial Transformation 2050,” as a part of its Net-Zero 2050 Initiative has set out to develop a feasible vision for a competitive heavy industry sector in a net zero economy.

We are delighted to invite you to the launch event of two major reports that present net-zero pathways for heavy industry and offer policy solutions for a competitive, carbon neutral heavy industry.

Industrial Transformation 2050 | Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions from EU Heavy Industry

Material Economics with support from Wuppertal Institute & Institute for European Studies, VUB

This first report, conducted by Material Economics, shows that a net-zero heavy industry is technically feasible and that the question is no longer about whether the industry should go for climate neutrality but how it gets there. It outlines multiple paths to truly deep emissions reductions that can make Europe less dependent on imported fossil fuels and more driven by its domestic resources. Such pathways will also have a little cost to the overall economy as well as for the end-consumer. However, if not supported by the right policy framework, the transition can be particularly challenging for the industry itself, which needs to redirect its investments onto a net zero pathway.


  • Per Klevnäs, Partner, Material Economics

Panel debate: Pathways towards a competitive net-zero emissions EU heavy industry

  • Fulvia Raffaelli,Head of Unit, Clean Technologies and Products, DG Grow, European Commission
  • Martin Pei, CTO, SSAB
  • Erika Bellmann,Senior Advisor Climate & Energy, WWF Deutschland
  • Per Klevnäs,Partner, Material Economics

Welcome and moderation by Philipp Niessen, Innovation & Industry Director, European Climate Foundation

Towards an Industrial Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe

Institute for European Studies, VUB

The second report, authored by the Institute for European Studies at the VUB, picks up on these challenges. It proposes specific policy solutions as part of a comprehensive industry climate policy strategy for of a competitive, net-zero and circular heavy industry. The suggested policy options range from accelerating R&D in low-carbon solutions, incentivising and scaling up investments, to enabling a fully circular economy, safe-guarding the competitiveness of low-carbon solutions as well as facilitating sector coupling and supporting infrastructure. All these elements and more will be debated at the conference.


  • Tomas Wyns, Researcher, Institute for European Studies, VUB

Panel debate: Policy options for a new industry climate strategy for Europe  

  • Malte Bornkamm,Head of Division, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Manon Dufour,Head of Brussels Office, E3G
  • Christoph Sievering, Lead Energy Strategy & Energy Policy, Covestro
  • Tomas Wyns, Researcher, Institute for European Studies, VUB

Opening words and moderation by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, ETC Ambassador for Europe, Energy Transitions Commission

The reports are in addition supported by CISL, SITRA, ETC & Climate-KIC.