Europe’s energy intensive industries - cement, steel and chemicals - are responsible for around 16% of EU emissions, and 60% of all EU industrial emissions.
In order to get climate neutral by 2050 at the latest, as the EU’s climate law requires, we must decarbonise EU industry, and especially energy intensive sectors.
What is the EU doing?
The European Commission launched an updated ‘Industrial Strategy’ in May 2021. In WWF's view this does not provide enough clarity on decarbonisation.
The EU also supports the development of hydrogen through its hydrogen strategy and a Clean Hydrogen Alliance (CHA). WWF is a member of the CHA in order to push for only renewable hydrogen from surplus wind and solar power to be used, and that only in sectors where renewable electrification is not possible, like aviation or shipping.
What is WWF doing?
The European Commission has until the end of 2022 to deliver on its strategy.
More on WWF and Carbon Market Watch's ten priorities
WWF calls on the Commission to guide industry to play its part in reaching the EU climate neutrality target. It can do so through policy frameworks and financial support in order to build up markets for clean technologies.
The overall strategy will need to be linked with the upcoming revision of the EU Emissions Trading System Directive and its Innovation Fund under the Fit for 55% climate package.
See NGOs' key priorities for a greener EU Industrial Strategy