Industrial Decarbonization

Scott Butner

The Clean Energy Transition Institute has created two projects to explore the opportunities and challenges of industrial decarbonization. Industry, especially “heavy” industry that produces basic materials like metals, chemicals, and cement, tends to be highly carbon intensive. Our efforts focus on making Washington a leader in clean materials manufacturing through a holistic and coordinated approach that seeks to decarbonize and strengthen the state’s manufacturing base simultaneously.

Clean Materials Manufacturing

The pace and success of a global clean energy transition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 depends on a robust supply of basic materials for products—from a renewable energy supply chain to zero-emission vehicles to low-carbon construction—all while lowering the carbon intensity of those materials. The Clean Materials Manufacturing project helps stakeholders and policymakers understand different methods for decarbonizing six of these manufacturing sectors: aluminum, concrete and cement, glass, iron and steel, pulp and paper, and wood products.
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Summit: Building Washington’s Clean Materials Manufacturing Economy 

In collaboration with the Washington BlueGreen Alliance, the University of Washington’s Carbon Leadership Forum, and SEI-US, the Clean Energy Transition Institute presented Building Washington’s Clean Materials Manufacturing Economy in June 2022, a gathering of policymakers, labor leaders, industry representatives, and environmental advocates focused on building a shared vision for making the Evergreen State a global leader in clean materials manufacturing.

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