Background

Policy Design for a Climate‐Friendly Materials Sector

The Climate-Friendly Materials project explored what elements need to be put in place to allow for large-scale emission reductions from material production. It  developed a portfolio of innovative processes and materials and providing incentives for their efficient use.

Year: 2016 Past Project

  • Overview

    Materials are central to our economies but their production also dominates industrial emissions. It is difficult to see how Europe can reach an 80-95% emission reduction target without significant reductions from the materials sector.

    The Climate-Friendly Materials project explored what elements need to be put in place to allow for large-scale emission reductions from material production. It  developed a portfolio of innovative processes and materials and providing incentives for their efficient use.

    The project addressed the broad question of: what policies are necessary for the materials sector to successfully innovate and subsequently adopt new low-carbon technologies? Opportunities for progress here require a coherent mix of:

    • Plausible technological pathways;
    • Strategically oriented private sector decisions;
    • Robust and credible regulatory policy framework.

  • Impact

    Two events, held in Brussels in 2016 and Berlin in 2017, were the first of several stakeholder workshops disseminating the findings. The agenda and selected presentations are available for download from our event page.All presentations are available for download.

    We held a side event at the 46th session of the UN Subsidiary Bodies in May 2017, in Bonn. Further information is available on the event page.

    The first project report, published in January 2017, is available to download. It outlines policy developments that can allow all actors in Europe to benefit from climate friendly choices on producing, using, and re-using basic materials.

  • Partners

    The project will bring together researchers from different disciplines, as well as participants from the industry. The project launched in June 2016, co-led with DIW Berlin.

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