Launch Event: 1.5°C Steel Decarbonization Pathways

Angled shot looking up at a large hot furnace in a factory producing steel.
Steel production in a factory. Photo by Ant Rozetsky via Unsplash.
16:00 28 Oct 2021 Zoom Webinar

If we are to achieve deep cuts in emissions in line with keeping a 1.5°C pathway in reach, there can be no sectoral exceptions. The steel sector needs rapid decarbonization. Every year roughly 2 billion tons of steel are produced, contributing to around 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Currently demand is projected to increase to over 2.5 billion tons per year by 2050, with the bulk of growth in emerging economies.

This demand increase comes at a point when steel sector emissions need to fall fast. To bring the sector in line with a Paris-compliant net-zero by 2050 trajectory, its emissions have to fall by at least 50% by 2030, and by 95% by 2050, on 2020 levels. While momentum towards decarbonization is growing, the sector is currently not on track to significantly reduce its emissions in line with this trajectory. Accelerating steel decarbonization will require going further and moving faster on all available mitigation levers with concerted policy efforts at national and international levels underpinning this shift.

This event will bring together expert stakeholders and key decision-makers to discuss the results of a new study from PNNL and E3G unpacking for the first time at global and regional levels the implications for steel decarbonization of a 1.5°C compatible transformation pathway. Using the Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM), we explore the gap between current policy trajectories and 1.5°C consistent pathways and the role of key technologies and demand-side measures in achieving accelerated steel decarbonization. We draw out policy implications at the global level and in the six largest steel-producing regions: China, Europe, India, Japan, South Korea, and the US.


Welcome & Scene Setting  – Johanna Lehne, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G

Presentation of the 1.5C Steel Report  – Sha Yu, Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Panel discussion:

  • Will Hall, Head of Buildings and Industry for COP26, BEIS, UK Government
  • Nate Hultman, Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, U.S. Department of State
  • Ping He, Industry Program Director, Energy Foundation China
  • Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Discussion and Q&A


Online event via Zoom Webinar

Registration link here


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