Decarbonizing the energy intensive industry through electrification

Near zero emissions does not only sound good, but this transition is actually both technically and economically possible – that's what Lars Nilsson and Stefan Lechtenböhmer blogged on the conference website of "Our Common Future". Energy and materials efficiency can, when being combined, easily reduce specific emissions by at least 50 percent.

To reach zero emissions, though, new technologies will also be needed, including electrification based on renewable sources of energy. Different materials for decarbonisation face different levels of resource constraints, but a circular economy powered by renewable energy is a viable solution.

The blog entry "Decarbonising the energy intensive basic materials industry in the next 40-70 years" takes the paper "Decarbonising the energy intensive basic materials industry through electrification – implications for future EU electricity demand" as basis, which was presented at the "Our Common Future" conference.

About the authors

Lars Nilsson has 20 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as energy and climate policy. As professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies at Lund University, he focuses on understanding mechanisms and instruments of change in energy systems.

Stefan Lechtenböhmer is an adjunct professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies at Lund University. His special focus is on future sustainable energy systems. 

(Source: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy)

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