Shaping Sustainable Supply Chains

Shaping Sustainable Supply Chains

#6 Renewables pull: climate neutrality and supply chains

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Can it be that tomorrow’s heavy industries will be located where the sun shines stronger and longer and the wind blows night and day? How will climate friendly policies change the international division of labor in energy intensive industries? This is what we want to discuss today in our sixth episode of shaping sustainable supply chains.

Heavy industries such as iron and steel or chemicals are among the biggest energy consumers. According to the World Economic Forum, global heavy industry and transport account for almost one-third of global CO2 emissions. In Germany, the direct emissions of the chemical, steel and cement industries alone make up one eight of the total greenhouse gas emission.

To dive into this topic moderator Nicolas Martin will discuss with his guest Sascha Samadi. He is an economist and senior researcher at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, where he works in the Department for Energy and Industrial Systems of the Future. The second expert in the discussion is Clemens Schneider. He is working in the same department and focuses on industrial systems.

Gielen, D. Saygin, D. Taibi, E., Birat, J.-P. (2020): Renewables-based decarbonization and relocation of iron and steel making – A case study. Journal of Industrial Ecology 2020, pp. 1–13. doi: 10.1111/jiec.12997

IEA (2021): Ammonia Technology Roadmap.

Samadi et al. (2021): Renewables Pull – Verlagerung industrieller Produktion aufgrund unterschiedlicher Kosten erneuerbarer Energien, in: Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, 71. Jg., H. 7-8, S. 10-13. (in German)

SCI4climate.NRW (2021): Conceptualisation of the potential Renewables Pull Effect, Wuppertal.

Agora Energiewende and Wuppertal Institute (2021): Breakthrough Strategies for Climate-Neutral Industry in Europe: Policy and Technology Pathways for Raising EU Climate Ambition.


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This podcast investigates multiple societal dilemmas arising in global supply chains and offers insights into evidence-based solutions for overcoming these challenges. Our mission: Revealing actionable shifts towards more sustainable and fair global supply chains.

About the author:
The Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains aims at contributing to the sustainability of global supply chains through research. It initiates new research, pools the expertise of leading scientists around the world and makes new findings accessible for political decision-makers and other stakeholders.

The research network is hosted by four research organisations: the German Institute of Development and Sustainability IDOS (former DIE), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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