In terms of gross value added, Hamburg is the largest industrial city in Germany. However, its energy requirements are presenting industry with huge challenges as the city strives to achieve its climate targets while maintaining competitiveness. Now, Hamburg is promoting climate-friendly production in a bid to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 over those in 1990 and by as much as 80 per cent before 2050.
In April, 15 large companies in Hamburg set up the “IVH Energy Efficiency Network of Hamburg Industry”:https://www.hamburg-news.hamburg/en/renewable-energy/hamburgs-industries-link-protect-climate/ to jointly save 75,000 tons of CO2 every year by 2022. The overall goals are to improve framework conditions, to identify and remove investment barriers and to boost co-operation between research and industry. This strategy should pave the way towards climate-friendly production.
Climate-friendly technologies for future industries
“The alliance in Hamburg will demonstrate how climate-friendly technologies can help us to think about industrial development for tomorrow and act accordingly,” said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation. Close co-operation with local industry is the basis of successful development. “Only together with industry can we create harmony between future-proof jobs, strong added value and sustainable production at the location,” Westhagemann added. Meanwhile, Matthias Boxberger, Chairman of the Hamburg Industry Association (IVH), has vowed to expand Hamburg’s leading position in technical environmental protection and as an industrial city.
Three fields of action
By late 2019, the Alliance for the Industry of the Future will address the following fields:
Good conditions for industry
The partners wish to give new impetus to the Industrial Master Plan and to focus on “areas for industry” and “acceptance of the framework conditions for industry”. New impulses are to be developed jointly including the position of an industry co-ordinator.
Obstacles to investment
Investments are crucial to technological progress. However, the existing legal framework prevents and sometimes impedes changes in the energy sector needed for the energy transition. The partners will identify concrete barriers to investment and push for reforms at the federal level.
Boosting links between industry and research
Effective climate protection through new technologies is only possible, if the state provides funding for research and development. Impetus for greater energy efficiency, smart grids, smart mobility (https://www.hamburg-news.hamburg/en/media-it/smart-city-hamburg-gaining-momentum/), smart buildings or sector coupling can also come from digitisation (https://www.hamburg-news.hamburg/en/media-it/hammerbrooklyn-city-future-announced/) and artificial intelligence (https://www.hamburg-news.hamburg/en/media-it/joining-forces-ai-hub-hamburg/). The senate’s innovation strategy will have a closer focus on the needs of industry.