Do-a-thon: Collect data sources on industrial demand and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industry

UPDATE: Sources gathered in Google Doc

In this do-a-thon we would:

  • Collect data sources on current industrial demand, spatial distribution, energy use and emissions
  • Collect strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector (e.g. hydrogen instead of coke reduction of iron ore, CCU/S, etc.)
  • Collect existing studies/models on the industrial sector
  • Collect data on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for energy system components and how they relate to the above data on industrial demand

I started a skeleton Wiki page:

I’d hope this would be fleshed out by the end of the do-a-thon.

To find out for each industry

  • Are there multiple pathways for production (e.g. hydrogen versus coke reduction of iron ore)
  • What temperatures are required for process heat
  • Can current fossil fuel use be substituted by electricity / electrofuels / sustainable biomass / concentrated solar power (CSP) heat, and in what ratio

Literature dump

2018 German economics ministry (BMWi) study (ongoing)

2017 IEA study

Philibert, Cédric (2017). Renewable Energy for Industry: From green energy to green materials and fuels.

2015 European Commission DG Energy (ICF International) study

Chan, Y., & Kantamaneni, R. (2015). Study on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving Potential in Industry from possible Policy Mechanisms (No. ENER/C3/2012-439/S12.666002). ICF Consulting Limited. Retrieved from

2015 German Umweltbundesamt study

Purr, Katja, Ulla Strenge, Kathrin Werner, Diana Nissler, Manuela Will, Guido Knoche, and Annette Volkens (editors) (January 2015). Germany in 2050: a greenhouse gas-neutral country. Dessau-Roßlau, Germany: Umweltbundesamt (UBA). ISSN 1862-4359.

Purr, Katja, Ulla Strenge, Manuela Will, Guido Knoche, and Annette Volkens (editors) (April 2014). Treibhausgasneutrales Deutschland im Jahr 2050 [Greenhouse gas-neutral Germany in 2050] (in German). Dessau-Roßlau, Germany: Umweltbundesamt (UBA). ISSN 1862-4359.

Werner, Kathrin, Diana Nissler, and Katja Purr (editors) (October 2013). Treibhausgasneutrales Deutschland im Jahr 2050 — Hintergrund [Greenhouse gas-neutral Germany in 2050 — Background] (in German). Dessau-Roßlau, Germany: Umweltbundesamt (UBA).

2010 UNIDO study

Taibi, Emanuele, Dolf Gielen and Morgan Bazilian Renewable Energy in Industrial Applications: An assessment of the 2050 potential, no date on study but PDF timestamped December 2010, not mirrored on UNIDO site anymore

2009 UN study

Price, Lynn K and Aimee T McKane (December 2009). Policies and measures to realise industrial energy efficiency and mitigate climate change. United Nations. Mark Howells co-lead the study.


Gielen, Dolf and Michael Taylor (1 July 2007). “Modelling industrial energy use: the IEAs Energy Technology Perspectives”. Energy Economics. 29 (4): 889–912. ISSN 0140-9883. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2007.01.008.


The Hotmaps project is creating a database of all industrial plants in Europe to determine their heat demand. It is developed openly. As far as I understand, some parts cannot be opened though as they rely on proprietary data.

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