Manufacturing a low-carbon society

Climate Action Tracker Industry Briefing 2017

Published: 18/10/2017

To limit global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century, emissions from energy supply and industry will need to reach net zero by around 2050. While energy systems can be decarbonised through a shift to renewable sources, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) looked at the more challenging task for industry in its latest briefing from the CAT decarbonisation series.

A near-complete decarbonisation of global heavy industry is not only about improving efficiency and shifting to clean fuels. This briefing showcases future emissions pathways in two carbon intensive industries— cement and steel—under different scenarios  to highlight the opportunities and challenges for emission reductions. The CAT team analysed three scenarios for each sector: one following current trends, one representing a shift towards decarbonisation of the energy supply, and one representing further steps towards circular economy-based value chains. The experts also highlighted the extent by which other step-change technologies can “close the gap” to net-zero emissions.

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