Industrial Decarbonization

Scott Butner

The Clean Energy Transition Institute created two projects in 2022 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 coordinated approach that seeks to decarbonize and strengthen the state’s manufacturing base simultaneously.

Not counting the emissions associated with the production of electricity used, the industrial sector accounts for approximately 15% of total Northwest emissions. Industrial emissions account for the following proportions of each of the four Northwest states individually: Idaho-16%; Montana-14%; Oregon-10%; and Washington-16%. (For additional analysis of the region’s emissions data, please consult our Northwest Clean Energy Atlas).

Data Source: (data for Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington)

Industrial Decarbonization Projects

june 2022

Summit: Building Washington’s Clean Materials Manufacturing Economy

With the Washington BlueGreen Alliance, the University of Washington’s Carbon Leadership Forum, and SEI-US, the Clean Energy Transition Institute put on a Clean Materials Manufacturing Summit in June 2022 to explore building a shared vision for making the Evergreen State a global leader in clean materials manufacturing.
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may 2022

Clean Materials Manufacturing

The Clean Materials Manufacturing project helps stakeholders and policymakers understand different methods for decarbonizing six of Washington state’s manufacturing sectors: aluminum, concrete and cement, glass, iron and steel, pulp and paper, and wood products.
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july 2021

Washington State Industrial Emissions Analysis

The Clean Energy Transition Institute analyzed Washington state’s industrial emissions to help the Department of Commerce improve its data collection methods and develop Washington-specific decarbonization roadmaps for the state’s top nine emitting industries, including a case study on green cement.
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