Both German and European industry are facing major transformations in terms of climate change and energy policy, the circular economy, digitalisation, (de)globalisation and demographic change. In particular, the energy- and trade-intensive sectors in the IG BCE’s organisational sphere need to master these challenges in parallel and with a view to modernisation, location development, job security and competitiveness. Germany will only become greenhouse gas-neutral and competitive as an industrial centre by 2050 through innovation and investing in the modernisation of production structures. 

How are energy-, emissions- and trade-intensive industries and companies positioning themselves in view of these developments? Which technologies do the respective industries have in the pipeline and which frameworks are necessary to bring the new technologies to market faster? How are German and European climate policies affecting employment and how can it be ensured that industrial innovation and modernisation will also offer employees genuine prospects for the future? What do the corresponding trends look like in Europe or other important competitive regions (China, Middle East, USA), and what do their industrial policy strategies mean for Germany as a business centre?

The IG BCE Foundation for Labour and the Environment is investigating technological options, necessary frameworks and measures for securing and developing employment in the transformation processes aimed at modernising industry.