It is becoming increasingly clear that oil and coal have no future and the era of combustion vehicles is slowly coming to an end. This is already a huge challenge but decarbonizing energy intensive industries (steel, chemicals, cement, ceramics and other basic materials) is even more complicated.
A joint project of the European Trade Union Institute and the European Climate Foundation was set up to analyse the main pathways for the transformation of these industries with regard to the expected employment effects thereby recognising that de-industrialisation is not the adequate method and that the EU needs to maintain a strong competence base in these industries .
This hybrid conference will discuss the results of this research, taking account of the main technological pathways, regional differences and estimating also the possible effects of a future Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. After Russia’s assault on Ukraine, the completely new geopolitical situation is brutally exposing Europe’s dependence on fossil energy and raising the stakes.
9.30 Opening and welcome
- Philippe Pochet, ETUI
- Philipp Niessen, European Climate Foundation
9.45 First results from the ETUI-ECF project: Employment effects of decarbonization pathways in energy intensive industries (EII)
- Bela Galgoczi, ETUI Download here the presentation
10.00 The case of Germany with an outlook on the possible effects of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism
- Maria Polugodina (DIW Econ), Dóra Fazekas and Bence Kiss-Dobronyi (Cambridge Econometrics) Download here the presentation
10.25 Decarbonisation challenges for EII in Poland
- Aleksander Szpor, Instrat Download the presentation
11.30 The case of EII-s in France
- José Jesus Serrano Rincon, Syndex Spain Download the presentation
11.50 EIIs in Spain on decarbonisation path – what does this mean for jobs?
- Raquel Barreiros, Syndex Spain Download the presentation
12.10 Discussion on France and Spain
- Vera Trappmann, Jo Cutter and Ursula Balderson, University of Leeds Download the presentation
13.50 Just transition in practice: the Taranto case, Italy
- Matteo Mandelli, University of Milan Download here the presentation
14.30 Policy debate – What is at stake for EII-s in the new geopolitical context?
- Judith Kirton-Darling, IndustriAll
- Florie Gonsolin, Cefic
- Frank Siebern, Fair Green and Digital Transitions, Research, DG Employment, EC
15.30 End of the workshop