Advanced Materials

Decarbonization Avenue : Advanced Materials


Many materials that we use contribute to CO2 emissions, either because they need significant energy for their production, because they have a fossil origin, because they are too heavy, or they perform their task poorly - all these resulting in more energy needed and more emissions to do the same job. Innovations in the materials sector that reduce carbon footprint of production, decrease weight, or increase performance and lifetime, can significantly impact decarbonization efforts.

Developments in the advanced materials fied have been ongoing for a few decades now, and the increased focus on decarbonization and sustainability will further accelerate innovations in this sector. Decarbonization targeted efforts in the materials field are likely to be in nanotechnology, composite materials, and use of lighter materials such as Aluminium in the place of steel. Bio-based materials including bioplastics is another area where significant developments can be expected in this context.

For the 2020-2030 period, innovations in this sector can be expected around carbon nanofibers, bio-based advanced polymers and other materials, battery materials, advanced technologies to use low-carbon plant sources such as hemp, and advanced chemical materials & ingredients.

Industries impacted

  • Aerospace & defense
  • Automobiles & auto components
  • Chemicals & petrochemicals
  • Construction & real estate
  • Electrical
  • Electronics & semiconductors
  • Logistics
  • Marine transport
  • Mining & metals
  • Oil & gas
  • Packaging & plastics
  • Textile & apparel
  • Waste management

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Themes & Topics

  • For specific decarbonization avenues

    • Renewable Energy

    • Energy Efficiency

    • Energy Storage

    • Agriculture & Food

    • Waste Management

    • Materials

    • Water

    • Mobility

    • Carbon capture & use

  • End uses

    • Buildings

    • Apparel & accessories

    • Sustainable heating

    • Heating & cooling

    • Heat & power storage

    • Energy efficiency

    • Automobiles

    • Aviation

    • Shipping & maritime

    • Renewable energy

    • Corrosion protection

    • Biodegradability

    • Insulation

    • Pollution control

    • Distribution infrastructure

  • Types of materials

    • Metals

    • Plastic

    • Wood

    • Textiles/fiber

    • Ceramics

    • Glass

    • Composites

  • Technologies & principles

    • Molecular design, modelling

    • Nanotech

    • Light-weight and high-strength materials

      • Composites

  • Economics

  • Key benefits

    • Lower weight

    • Safety

    • Long lasting