#COP23: Climate-neutral industry? We’ll make it possible!
Sustainability and climate protection | At the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 in Bonn, thyssenkrupp establishes that achieving carbon neutrality is no longer a utopian concept.
What are the essential raw materials needed to change our world? Innovative ideas – and the courage to implement them. Where would we be today if on December 17, 1903 the pioneer aviator Orville Wright had simply stayed at home instead of daring to make the first controlled flight in history in his self-built “Flyer I”? Or if the watchmaker Heinrich Göbel had not caused bamboo fibers to glow on his way to inventing the principles for the modern light bulb? Or if the physician Alexander Fleming had just thrown out the petri dish he had forgotten over the summer vacation that was overgrown with penicillin mold, without taking a closer look at it? The one common denominator uniting all these accomplishments is the fact that until their invention they were nothing more than mere utopian ideas.
Climate targets are achievable – technology is the driver
Many people dismiss the concept of a climate-neutral industry as a pipedream. Neutralizing the carbon footprint left behind by cement works, chemical plants, and the like – an impossible task? Thomas Fußhöller disagrees. Apart from the classical avoidance of climate-damaging gases, the head of the department for sustainability, environment, and energy management at thyssenkrupp sees the ideal solution above all in compensating for emissions previously generated. “The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 represents a kind of turning point in the climate debate, away from absolute reduction targets and towards an approach that enables offsetting in situations where emissions are unavoidable.” In other words: Previously generated CO2 can be collected and used, i.e. recycled. Experts call this the “net zero” approach.
This is exactly the point where smart technologies come into play: “From a chemical viewpoint, CO2 is nothing more than one of many possible carbon compounds,” explains Markus Oles, who is head of innovation, strategy, and projects and collaborates closely with Fußhöller. “In the chemical industry and the energy or mobility sectors, it basically plays a role similar to the carbon generated by coal, mineral oil, or natural gas. Some of the technologies with which CO2 is industrially separated, converted, and utilized have existed for more than 100 years.”
thyssenkrupp at the COP23: Good news for optimists
At the UN Climate Change Conference 2017, being held from November 6 to 17, thyssenkrupp will present concrete solutions for utilizing the CO2 emissions generated by industrial enterprises and offsetting them – supplemented by innovative storage solutions and products that promote efficient electric mobility. In this way, thyssenkrupp is working on creating a sustainable future for our planet, proactively shaping climate protection policy – and therefore making something possible that some currently see as unthinkable – good news for optimists.
About the UN Climate Change Conference 2017
Held annually, the Climate Change Conference is the United Nations’ foremost body of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, in which all industrialized countries have committed themselves to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. On the occasion of the world climate conference 2017, thyssenkrupp talks about its innovative solutions and technologies for an environmentally friendly and carbon free industry. Visit www.thyssenkrupp.com/cop23 for more information.