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How to ensure the decarbonization of industry without losing the competitiveness, employment, and GDP it brings to our country?

Globally, the industrial sector accounts for about 37% of energy consumption, with natural gas being the most consumed fuel, followed by electricity. It is responsible for about 25% of CO2 emissions, this percentage includes direct emissions generated by industrial processes as well as indirect emissions associated with the electricity consumed. In Europe, the manufacturing sector accounts for about 30% of final energy consumption and about 25% of greenhouse gas emissions.


These are the areas in which you can develop your proposals, you can choose more than one.

Extended information

The global economy faces the challenge of transforming and decarbonizing all sectors, including the industrial sector.

The European Union's challenge is to achieve total decarbonization by 2050. To achieve this, it has launched the European Green Deal. Within this framework, it has recently launched the Net Zero Industry Act, which aims to expand the development of technologies that are key to achieving climate neutrality and to address the competitiveness of European industry versus the U.S.-driven Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

The most energy-demanding industrial sectors are the chemicals and refining, cement, and food industries. They are followed by iron and steel, and the paper industry.

Depending on the type of industry, different policies and technologies will have to be applied, responding to the complexities of decarbonizing their industrial processes and energy use. The solution is not a general one, since it is not the same to decarbonize an industry that requires intensive energy consumption to meet its thermal needs as another where the option of electrification may be more viable.

The scenarios suggest that current technologies will not be able to meet the decarbonization targets, so it will be necessary to develop innovative technologies and solutions on a large scale.

How to participate in this challenge

It's simple, the first thing to do is to register in Open Room to create a team. At the end of the registration phase, with the teams already formed, you can start to elaborate the proposals for the challenges of your choice.


What if I don't have a team?

You can still register, we will assign you to a team already created at the end of the registration phase.


What are the deadlines?

  • Deadline. Registration and team creation: from 10/23/2023 to 02/08/2024
  • Deadline. Submission of proposals: from 10/23/2023 to 02/8/2024
  • Deadline. Selection of finalists: from 09/02/2024 to 29/02/2024
  • Face-to-face competition: March 8-9, 2024


What should your team's proposal include?

  • A PDF, maximum three pages, explaining your proposed solution to the challenge.
  • A video, of maximum three minutes, in which you explain in a simplified way the proposal, its implementation and feasibility.

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