In 2021, industrial activity was directly responsible for roughly a quarter of global CO2 emissions (IEA 2022). This is because industrial emissions are still dominated by fossil fuels as part of their process emissions, making heavy industry (chemicals, steel, cement and concrete, mining and aluminium) one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonise.
However, innovation is happening all around, with hydropower already providing support to some sectors. Hydropower projects, as major users of cement and steel, can also play their part in green supply and demand innovation.
This session will focus on the opportunities hydropower offers to support the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate industry overall, along with ways in which we can develop a greener supply chain for the hydropower industry.