This lecture will explore the fundamental challenges European heavy industries face while transforming towards a low-carbon economy. These encompass transitioning from established fossil-based technologies and feedstocks to non-fossil alternatives, as well as the necessary expansion of renewable energy supply and associated infrastructure, including CO2 capture and storage. In this context, the current German strategies, and policies for supporting industries during the transition will be examined.
Stefan Lechtenböhmer holds the Chair for Sustainable Technology Design at the University of Kassel and is one of the directors of the Kassel Institute for Sustainability. His focus is on deep decarbonization strategies in energy-intensive processing industries as well as regional, national and international energy and climate scenario analyses and scenarios for a sustainable low-carbon society. He has led and conducted numerous studies on energy and emissions scenario analysis.
From 2010 to 2023, Stefan Lechtenböhmer was Director of the Department of Future Energy and Industrial Systems at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy. Previously, he was co-director of the research groups Future Energy and Mobility Structures (2008-2010) and Energy, Transport, and Climate Policy (2004-2007). He holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Management from the International Institute for Management at the University of Flensburg. He holds a geography, economics, and political science diploma from the University of Münster.
Stefan Lechtenböhmer is Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Future Energy Systems at Lund University, Sweden. He has published numerous scientific papers in English and German. He is a member of the Steering Group of the G8 Low Carbon Society Research Network and the UNFCCC Roster of Experts for GHG Inventories, Policies, and measures, GHG Projections.