Second Workshop on Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector


Second worshop for the “materials sector” project

Monday, 23rd of January 2017

Berlin, Germany

For our project ‘The Role of Policy for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector’, we aim to explore what elements need to be put in place at the European and Member State level to allow for large scale emission reductions from material production.

In the first workshop we explored and identified the relevant issues under each of the three themes, and we came up with a preliminary set of relevant research questions.

The aim of this second workshop was to present the scope of analysis, initial approaches, and hypotheses that we aim to test. Attendees included fellow researchers and selected stakeholders, with the objective of gathering early feedback and identify opportunities for mutual support in the analysis.

The workshop was split into four sessions:

Session 1: Portfolio of mitigation opportunities 

Following opening remarks from Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin), this session explored options of product innovations, process innovations, and more efficient use of materials for the major materials (cement, steel, aluminium and chemicals).

Presentations were given from Tobias Fleiter (Fraunhofer ISI) and John Barrett (University of Leeds)

Session 2: Regulatory framework and private sector choices on adoption of new technology

The second session discussed policy frameworks that can support the adoption of new technologies in a world of (regulatory) uncertainty once they have reached maturity. Policy options such as public procurement, project based carbon price guarantees, and mechanisms to ensure effective carbon pricing like inclusion of consumption, were discussed. New business models for financing were also explored and evaluated.

Presentations were given from Robert Kok (Radboud University), Jörn Richstein (DIW Berlin) and Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin)

Session 3: Structure of public innovation support

This session presented policy options supporting climate friendly materials innovation, as well as challenges for their success (e.g. ensuring technology competition, time inconsistency of carbon regulation, avoiding regulatory capture).

Presentations were given from Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University), Tomas Wyns (Institute for European Studies VUB), Roland Ismer / Manuel Haussner (University of Erlangen Nürnberg) and Vera Zipperer (DIW Berlin)

Session 4: Integrating perspective and next steps

The final session combined the main points emerging from the three previous sessions into a consistent picture. Discussions followed themes of:

  • Interaction of price based and other instruments for innovation and adoption of new materials and their efficient use.
  • Instruments on innovation versus adoption of technologies


All presentations can be accessed from the download box. For more information about this workshop or the project, please contact