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Decarbonising industry

27 July 2021

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Industry accounted for around 26% of energy consumption in the EU in 2018, with metals, chemicals, non-metallic minerals and paper industries jointly consuming about two thirds of EU industrial energy. Reducing energy consumption and increasing the uptake of low-carbon energy carriers is vital to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. But relatively little progress has been made towards these ends in many European countries. This Policy
Brief presents some of the key lessons from the INNOPATHS project to accelerate decarbonisation of industry in Europe towards meeting the EU Green Deal target of climate neutrality by mid-century.

INNOPATHS is a European Union Horizon 2020 research project running from 2016-2021, led by UCL, looking at the innovation required for large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas reductions in Europe and the rest of the world. It has published nine policy briefs on different aspects of its work, on Innovation; Power generation; Industry; Buildings; Transport; Finance; Labour markets; Biochar; and Decarbonisation Pathways.

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