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Think2030 Dialogue – Session focus

Delivering the European Green Deal and moving the EU towards carbon neutrality by mid-century will require a transition in current energy systems. It will also require innovation and a transformation of the industrial practices upon which societies rely. This transformation should take place in traditional industrial sectors and spark new forms of enterprises, technologies and system innovation.

The heavy industry sectors of steel and cement each generate around 7% of total climate-changing emissions from the global energy system. To meet global climate goals, these sectors face a rapid and radical reduction of their CO2 emissions. New modes of production being pursued by established and novel heavy industry enterprises can be part of the solution, along with a transformation of sectors consuming the materials they produce, such as the building and construction sector.

In this session, we will focus on the industry transition from the perspective of EU policy and enterprises across the heavy industry value chain. Policy, business and research representatives will discuss the prospects, challenges and inspiration for a green transition that decouples the economy from resource use in order to reach the goal of climate neutrality by 2050.

We will explore the following questions related to an EU and industry transition:
• EU’s competitiveness, the Green Deal Industrial Strategy, and the transatlantic dialogue
• Closing the circularity gap in resource use
• Policy initiatives in circular economy
• Mobilizing financial and other resources in the EU for the green transition

Moderator: John Tumpane, Head of Department for Environment, Formas  

Keynote Speaker: Janez Potočnik, co-chair for UN International Resource Panel. Economist at Ljubljana University and former EU Commissioner for Environment

Policy Panel:
Elina Kamenitzer, Department Director, Operations Support & Climate, European Investment Bank, EIB
Ola Hansén, Director Public Affairs, H2 Green Steel (TBC)
Doris Schröcker, Head of Unit, Industrial Research, Innovation and Investment Agendas, European Commision, DG Research & Innovation
Sébastian Treyer, Executive Director, IDDRI

Rapporteur: -Åsa Moberg, Senior Research Fellow, SEI (TBC)

Full programme available here.

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