ARTICLE - 28 October 2022

Supporting sustainable energy transitions in heavy industry

Addressing CO2 emissions from industry is integral to clean energy transitions

The world’s industry sector is one of the most critical engines of global economic growth, but also one of the largest emitters of CO2. Industry currently accounts for a quarter of global energy and process-related CO2 emissions, with 70% of the sector’s emissions produced by three heavy industries: steel, cement, and chemicals. The materials from these industries are needed for buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, consumer goods like mobile phones and detergents, packaging, fertilisers and many other uses that are integral to thriving economies and our daily lives. Society will surely continue to need these materials far into the future, including in a future where society ambitiously pursues net-zero emissions: we must keep the materials and lose the emissions.

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