Past Event

Decarbonizing Industry: Low-Carbon Production of Iron and Steel

March 9, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Online Online

Iron and steel production is one of the largest and most important commodity sectors in the global economy, accounting for more than $2.5 trillion of sales and tied to millions of jobs around the world.  The 1.8 billion tons of iron and steel made every year also contribute to global warming, accounting for more than 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Reducing emissions from this sector is a significant challenge, made more difficult because existing facilities will run for another 30-40 years on average and half the associated emissions are tied to the chemistry of iron production. Options to replace fuel and heat sources and reduce associated byproduct emissions are limited or expensive, and potential new solutions are not yet commercially available.

The Center on Global Energy Policy will host an event to explore the findings of new peer-reviewed research published in Joule, “Low-Carbon Production of Iron & Steel: Technology Options, Economic Assessment, and Policy Options,” focused on the dynamic landscape of net-zero energy systems in heavy industry. The research examines four potential approaches to decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors like iron and steel production: zero-carbon hydrogen, biomass, electrification, and CCS; and assesses the current, likely and projected costs. 

This webinar will feature a short presentation by Dr. Julio Friedmann, CGEP Senior Research Scholar, and Zhiyuan Fan, CGEP Research Associate, followed by a moderated discussion with  leaders in industry, technology, policymaking and government. 


  • Dr. Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA


  • U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06)


  • Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers
  • Tom Dower, Vice President, Public Policy, LanzaTech
  • Dr. Paula Gant, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Commercialization, Gas Technology Institute
  • John Larsen, Director, US Power and Energy, Rhodium Group and Non-Resident Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies


This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. 

For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Artealia Gilliard ([email protected]) or Genna Morton ([email protected]).

For more information about the event, please contact Caitlin Norfleet or Nicolina DueMogensen ([email protected]).

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