Climate Change

Here's how steel and cement could help turn climate change on its head

Inside a steel production facility.

Steel generates around 8 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Image: Unsplash/yasin hm

Rana Ghoneim
Chief of the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Gökçe Mete
Head of Secretariat, Founding Member, Leadership Group for the Industry Transition (LeadIT) and Women in Green Hydrogen Network
Anthony Hobley
Executive Director, Mission Possible Platform
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A chart showing global greenhouse emissions by industry (2014)
Chemicals and plastics are one of the top greenhouse gas emitters (by industry) in 2014 Image: UNIDO/Rissman, J., Bataille, C., Masanet, E. et al., (2020).
A chart showing the share of global direct combustion and process CO2 emissions (2016)
The heat and electricity sector contributed more than double of what the iron and steel sector contributed Image: UNIDO/Bataille, C., (2019).
Two charts comparing CO2 emissions to material production (2020 to 2050)
Chemical and steel production can cause CO2 to be emitted Image: UNIDO/Maltais, A., Gardner, T., Godar, J., Lazarus, M., Mete, G., and Olsson, O. (2021).

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