Industrial Energy Transition

Potentials, costs, and interactions with the energy sector

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Guidehouse is leading a consortium that supports the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy in facilitating the industrial energy transition. Taking national energy, climate, and industrial policy goals into account, the project aims to close crucial knowledge gaps on the interaction between industrial growth and the development of energy supply systems.


Guidehouse studies the effects of the energy transition on industrial sectors, in particular the energy-intensive sectors, and the interactions between industrial development and energy supply, the impacts on cost and competitiveness, and related challenges and opportunities.

The analysis focuses on the following eight sectors, which are particularly relevant to the German economy, but also contribute to the energy transition:

  • Basic chemicals

  • Steel and metals

  • Nonferrous metals

  • Cement and ceramics

  • Glass

  • Pulp and paper

  • Food industry

  • Car manufacturing


For each of these sectors, Guidehouse’s experts model and describe a transition pathway toward the 2050 decarbonization target with a strong focus on future competitiveness. Each transition pathway includes a set of sector-specific, transformational decarbonization measures including enabling policy recommendations. In parallel, Guidehouse’s power market experts analyze the impact of those transition pathways on the energy system and, as a result, put forward energy market design amendments to support the decarbonization of the industry. The project provides scientifically sound information for the further development of energy policies to achieve a successful energy transition.

Learn more about the project on the ministry website (in German)

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