As very low carbon technologies reach pilot stage and demonstration scale, it is critical to put in place the frameworks to ensure buyer confidence and demand for these ‘net-zero’ products. Ensuring initial demand can act as a tipping point to the sector, which would activate whole value chains in providing net-zero solutions.

This high-level online panel discussion will address questions about emerging tipping points for heavy industry sectors, why industry transition is a high priority, and demand side action as a critical element in accelerating decarbonization.

This event, co-organized by the Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) , Germany and the UK, as a satellite event complementing the ministerial segment of the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, brought together key stakeholders across the public and private sectors to discuss industry transition from the perspective of demand side policies and action.

Panel 1: Making markets for zero carbon steel

Panellists

  • Annika Jacobson, State Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Sweden
  • Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, CEO, Salzgitter AG
  • Madhulika Sharma, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tata Steel
  • Martin Pei, Executive Vice President, SSAB

Moderator

  • Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Panel 2: Driving demand for low-carbon cement and concrete

Panellists

  • Dinah McLeod, CEO, Global Cement and Concrete Association
  • Giv Brantenberg, CEO Northern Europe of HeidelbergCement
  • Lena Hök, SVP Sustainability, Skanska
  • Shri RP Gupta, Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India
  • Kyle X. Nicholas (Energy Attaché, US Department of Energy, US Mission to the EU)

Moderator

  • Cath Bremner, Acting Director General, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy