Manufacturing and industrial processes

Beyond Zero Emissions’ research shows how to eliminate emissions from industry, using Australia’s world-beating renewable energy resources.

The production of everyday materials like steel, chemicals, plastics and cement is the source of about 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Even Australia’s comparatively small manufacturing sector causes 21% of national emissions, as shown by the chart below.

Without decarbonising industry, we stand little chance of limiting dangerous climate change.

Most emissions from manufacturers are due to burning fossil fuels to generate heat and chemical reactions in industrial processes. Beyond Zero Emissions has tackled these sources of emissions in two ground-breaking reports:

Electrifying Industry Report | Beyond Zero Emissions Australia
Electrifying Industry
Manufacturers can eliminate up to 8% of Australian emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewables.
Rethinking Cement Report | Beyond Zero Emissions Australia
Rethinking Cement
Australia can have a zero carbon cement industry in 10 years, meeting demand while leading the world.
Rethinking Cement Report | Beyond Zero Emissions Australia
Zero Carbon Factory
Zero Carbon Factory: Is 100% renewable, Uses renewable energy for heat processes, Uses no natural gas or fossil fuels.

Annual emissions 2015 by sector and the contribution of industry

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