Transformation towards climate-neutral industries


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Grit Walther

Chair for Operations Management

Contact Person





Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Digital (Zoom)


Climate change is one of the central challenges of the coming years and decades. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions requires a profound change in our economic systems, this is especially true for the energy-intensive raw material industries, such as the steel, cement, chemical, aluminium and paper production.

In this Leonardo Lecture, we will analyse the challenges and possible solutions for a sustainable, climate-neutral and competitive raw materials industry in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany by 2045. The results from the NRW strategy project SCI4climate.NRW are presented by experts from the RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Wuppertal Institute and the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, as well as other partners, such as the Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V. and the VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • classify the importance of energy-intensive industry for the transition to a climate-neutral society, including the identification and evaluation of the associated opportunities and challenges and innovative technologies for greenhouse gas reduction in the energy-intensive industry,
  • derive technology and innovation roadmaps,
  • assess infrastructure needs, e.g. with regard to pipelines for hydrogen and CO2 as well as storage technologies, and
  • explain and critically reflect on the political and legal framework conditions for a transformation to a climate-neutral industry.




Transformation of the Basic Industries – Importance for Climate Protection and Possible Pathways to Climate Neutrality for Steel, Chemistry and Cement

Dr. Sascha Samadi, Wuppertal Institute



Low-CO2 steel production through the use of hydrogen technologies

Theresa Overbeck, VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH
Ali Abdelshafy, Chair of Operations Management, RWTH Aachen


Importance of infrastructure for industrial transformation

Dr. Christoph Glasner, Fraunhofer UMSICHT und
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Seifert, Fraunhofer UMSICHT


CCU – role of science using the example of the Carbon2Chem® project

Dr. Torsten Müller, Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Seifert, Fraunhofer UMSICHT



Modelling approaches for the transformation to a climate neutral industry

Prof. Dr. Grit Walther, Chair of Operations Management, RWTH Aachen

Policy Instruments & Strategies


Towards a policy framework for industrial transformation

Katharina Knoop, Wuppertal Institute


Resource efficiency as a core strategy for a climate-neutral industrial transformation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Wuppertal Institute

Business models & tools for implementation


On the way to climate neutrality: circular business models

Dr. Sarah Fluchs, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V.


Digital Product Passport in the Raw Materials Industries

Dr. Holger Berg, Wuppertal Institute

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)
Term Paper (4 CP)

In case you need a different number of CP, please check our FAQ page for more information

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