Decarbonising German and European Industry

Factories along the Rhine river at sunset in Germany Factories along the Rhine river at sunset in Dusseldorf, Germany Credit: thinkstock

How can German and European industry become compatible with a net zero emission society? What technologies and policies are needed? What kind of infrastructure is necessary? Which EU funding is available? How can we ensure a just transition of energy intensive industries, protecting jobs and the economy?


The Northern Light CO2 storage project, HeidelbergCement and Fortum – with support of the Bellona Foundation – invite industry, decision makers, unions and other stakeholders for an update on the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe. This seminar will discuss the current challenges, milestones and potential for a greener industry in Europe.


Venue: European Cement Research Academy /ECRA)/ Verein Deutscher Zementwerke (VDZ), Tannenstrasse 2, 40476 Düsseldorf

Date & Time: June 12, 2019; from 10:30 – 16:00, including lunch

Language: The seminar will be held in English


The full programme will be updated as speakers are confirmed.


Please register your participation here.




The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states in their latest 1.5-degree report that CCS is necessary to meet the goals in the Paris agreement. CCS is therefore an important foundation for future sustainable industry growth in Europe. Speakers will present background and reasoning for CCS, present a status on current European projects and pilots as well as financing and the politics concerning CCS.


Preliminary list of speakers 

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia (tbc)
  • Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
  • Guido Nelissen, Senior Policy Adviser, IndustriAll Global Union
  • Hans Christian Gabrielsen, President, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
  • Jan Theulen, Group Director Alternative Resources at HeidelbergCement
  • Eirik Folkvord Tandberg, Managing Director, Fortum Oslo Varme
  • Per Sandberg, Northern Lights CO2 storage project
  • Per Ytterberg, Head of System Development, Stockholm Exergy
  • Christian Holzleitner, Head of Unit, Land Use and Finance for Innovation, DG CLIMA, European Commission (tbc)
  • Frank Peter, Deputy Executive Director, Agora Energiewende
  • BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (tbc)
  • IN4Climate.NRW initiative (tbc)


For further information, please contact Rune Sjøhelle, Senior Advisor at Fo°tprint Communications: