Competitive solutions for climate protection in industry
Since it accounts for around 19 per cent of North Rhine-Westphalia’s greenhouse gas emissions, the industrial sector bears a particular responsibility when it comes to climate protection. New – and in some cases radical – production processes and methods are required if it is to remain highly competitive in the future, while also developing the region into a carbon neutral industrial base in the long term. At the same time, a suitable infrastructure and appropriate conditions are needed to enable the transition to a carbon neutral industrial sector. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy (MWIDE) in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has launched IN4climate.NRW to shape this process of change together with the relevant companies.
As a central platform that aims to realise a carbon neutral industrial sector, IN4climate.NRW would like to do more than simply accelerate the transformation of NRW’s industry. The resulting findings and the innovations developed will also be shared with other countries in order to support a global discourse and international collaborations.
What makes NRW’s industrial sector especially important?
North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s industrial heartland. The manufacturing companies based in this federal state generated €350 billion in sales in 2017. Almost 20 per cent of the whole of Germany’s industrial revenue is thus generated in NRW. Industry is also the foundation and driver of growth and prosperity within North Rhine-Westphalia itself. The sector doesn’t just contribute significantly towards the federal state’s gross domestic product – by providing jobs to nearly one-fifth of the workforce, it is also one of NRW’s largest employers.