POI follows industry’s current transformation plans. The results show that Austrian manufacturing industry is well placed to achieve significant progress towards climate neutrality by 2050. Total energy demand increases to 171.8 TWh when electrolysis losses are considered. Without electrolysis losses, the energy demand amounts to 153 TWh. Depending on the balance boundary considered, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 24.6 Mt CO₂e to just 0.21 Mt in 2050, when the emission intensity of electrolysis for hydrogen production is excluded. In addition to wide-reaching fuel switches to sustainable energy carriers, the sequestration of geogenic emissions and application of innovative process technologies for primary steel production are the main drivers for this development.
The POI scenario models current transformation plans announced by leading industrial stakeholders for the period up to 2030 under current and foreseeable conditions, and extrapolated to 2050.
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