Industrial decarbonisation in Europe: IDEA organises concluding workshop under the Belgian Eu-Presidency

Industrial decarbonisation in Europe: IDEA organises concluding workshop under the Belgian Eu-Presidency

As part of the Mutual Learning Exercise on Industrial Decarbonisation IDEA is organising the dissemination event under the umbrella of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will take place in Brussels, Liège and Genk.

Mutual Learning Exercises (MLE) focus on specific Research & Innovation ( R&I) challenge of interest to several EU Member States and Associated Countries and draw on a hands-on project-based exchange of good practices. Their aim is to identify good practices, lessons learned, and success factors based on robust evidence.

Over the last 10 months, IDEA Consult has been managing the MLE on Industrial Decarbonisation, together with a team of 6 high qualified experts, the participation of 10 EU Member States, namely Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia) and 2 Associated Countries, namely Türkiye and Georgia, and with the support of the client, the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation.

Given the challenges faced by the European countries and the European economy, in particular, created by the need to invest and decarbonise the industry, this MLE started in the right and sensitive moment. In that regard, the development of national industrial technology roadmaps and sector-specific strategies require the involvement of different government authorities and a variety of key stakeholders, as this aims to align R&I investment agendas to foster development, uptake and deployment of low-carbon technologies. The MLE was structured along the following topics:

1.      Overview of national industrial technology roadmaps and strategies for industrial decarbonisation.

2.      Policies, design and financing for R&I investments in development, uptake and deployment of low-carbon technologies.

3.      Actors’ engagement.

4.      Framework conditions (regulatory framework, permits for demonstrators and ‘first-of-a-kind’ pilots, IPR, technology infrastructures, knowledge and data).

This MLE aimed to enable an in-depth exchange of experiences on lessons learned and success factors of national programmes, instruments and R&I investments, based on the available evidence and collective experience of the participating countries and with an emphasis on policy learning.

The MLE was used as a platform for dialogue and exchange of good practices among the participating countries on their specific interests and needs, and successfully provided input to national policy decision-makers. Specifically, the MLE provided knowledge and guidance to participating countries to develop or update their own industrial technology roadmaps and sector-specific strategies for industrial decarbonisation. Furthermore, the MLE offered experience and best practice models on the mobilisation of private/public R&I investments in low-carbon technologies of energy-intensive industries.

After four meetings and four published reports, the MLE on Industrial Decarbonisation will finish with a big dissemination event. It will serve to show-case concrete examples, to demonstrate the real impact of the exercise and to discuss the way forward. The open event in Brussels will target the message to policymakers, giving the floor to high-level speakers and government officials. While the rest of the event will focus on the 12 participating countries and include targeted panel discussions on topics such as industry symbiosis, the role of hydrogen and of SMEs.