The industrial sector is at the core of developing and producing low-carbon solutions, such as electric vehicles, renewable energy technologies, and energy-efficient buildings; however, it also contributes greatly to greenhouse (GHG) emissions. In 2014, industry generated 33 percent of the world’s GHG emissions (including process emissions and indirect emissions from purchased electricity).
An interdisciplinary team of experts has found that it is possible—and critical—to bring industrial GHG emissions to net zero by 2070. Their comprehensive study, published last month in Applied Energy, assesses the range of technologies and policy interventions available to enable global industry decarbonization. On April 30, 2020, Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted a webinar, “Net Zero by 2070: Decarbonizing Global Industry,” with four of the study’s coauthors. This RFF Live event featured presentations from the panelists, as well as a discussion on the technologies, innovation areas, and policies that can help achieve net-zero industrial emissions.
- Christopher Bataille, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, Simon Fraser University
- Jeffrey Rissman, Energy Innovation
- Nan Zhou, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Moderator: Dallas Burtraw, Resources for the Future